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Welcome to Volunteer Marine Rescue QLD

Providing volunteer marine search and rescue services to the boating public across 2,700km of Queensland coast

VMRAQ has 25 affiliated Squadrons located throughout the State of Queensland, Australia and these Squadrons provide marine search and rescue services to the boating public on a volunteer basis.

Operating in tropical & sub-tropical waters, our Squadrons extend from the southern Queensland border, to the remote Gulf of Carpentaria, Thursday Island and Torres Strait region, over 2,700km to the north.

Log On/Log Off Service

Volunteer marine rescue groups also offer a voyage planning service, which allows recreational mariners to call in to a marine rescue group to record their:

  • Call sign or vessel name
  • Departure point and time
  • Intended destination
  • Trip intention
  • Number of people on board
  • Expected time of return

Help Our Volunteers Save Lives!

Our organisation relies on donations from people just like you to help us provide vital marine search and rescue services to the Australian boating community.

What To Do In an Emergency

All mariners should have a plan in case disaster strikes.

Your plan may look like this:

  • Make radio contact with the nearest volunteer marine rescue group and provide your vessel location; nature of problem; and number of people on board.
  • Ensure vessel security and crew safety.
  • Provide medical aid where necessary.
  • If able, set an anchor and have all crew don life jackets.
  • If unable to use the radio:
  • And other vessels are nearby, discharge orange flares during daylight
  • If other vessels are nearby or you are within five kilometres of land, discharge red hand-held flare every 30 minutes.
  • Discharge parachute rocket flare when completely dark – discharge another one within one minute of the first being let off.
  • If there is no response from the discharge of flares, switch on EPIRB and secure lanyard
  • Prepare vessel and crew for possible overnight wait.

Latest Marine Rescue News

VMR WhitsundayActivation 26/11/20: Hammo Medivac with all hands on deck!

It was the middle of a relaxing afternoon when I (Geoff S) got a call from Fin who was looking after the 24/7 emergency phone. He explained that QAS would like us to transport a Paramedic over to Hamilton Island to retrieve a patient. It crossed my mind that if the current rate of medivacs continues, it may be worth building a road to Hammo! Nah...just kidding. [grin] I grabbed the car keys and headed down to our specialist medivac vessel, Coral Sea Marina VMR1.

Michael went to meet the Paramedic to give them a hand down to the boat and we got away at 14.52. It was a totally uneventful trip which had us alongside at 15.55. Our patient was waiting on a
stretcher, with a suspected broken femur, and in a traction splint! There were lots of bodies around to assist though, and we used our back/spine board to manoeuvre the patient from the Hammo stretcher, onto our stretcher which had been set up in the cabin.

We were on our way back to CSM, with our patient and 2 family members by 16.10, and enjoyed another totally uneventful trip back. We pulled into our berth at 17.15 and were met by
VMR's Thursday Night training crowd, and more of our patient’s family. This was great as it meant we had plenty of help to transfer our patient onto the ambo’s stretcher and help them up the ramp.

After the fuss died down, Trainer Ken (who had been biding his time by doing some training on VMR2) continued with the training, this time on VMR1, showing everyone how to handle our towrope and Sampson post. After the training session concluded we were able to fuel up and wash down. During this process we found a pair of shoes belonging to the patient and Paul offered to drop them off at the Hospital...thanks Paul.

In fact, thanks to everyone (and there were lots), including those at Hammo, for making a potentially difficult job, easy.

Senior Crew: Bill H
Crew: Michael & Shane N
Skipper: Geoff S
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Marine Rescue North Stradbroke IslandA dramatic rescue! With a raging South Easterly this 48ft cruiser came off its mooring in Deanbilla Bay and ended up in the pylons at the old Sibelco Wharf. With excellent boat handling skills and team work the crew of Deranji came to the rescue. A great job! ... See MoreSee Less

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VMR WhitsundayActivation 22/11/20: Medivac almost interrupts my pizza making!

It was right on 1930 hours and I (Marti) had just pulled my home made pizza out of the oven when....... I heard the VMR ringtone from my phone. Yes, it was Bill who had the 24/7 phone, and he said he was needing a Skipper for a medivac to Hamilton Island. I headed to the marina and wolfed down a large slice of pizza on the way. I wasn't going to miss out on that!

Dockside the crew and two paramedics were all on board and were almost ready to depart by the time I arrived. (Good work you guys.) After finalising all the predeparture checks and log sheet entries we departed on Coral Sea Marina VMR1 for Hamilton Island at 2005 hours. Some minutes later after rounding Pioneer Point and lining up for Unsafe Passage, Shane climbed up to the fly bridge to let me know that our paramedics were expecting to go to Hayman Island not Hamilton Island. Hmmmm...

A bit of discussion and a phone call later, it was confirmed that they were correct and it was indeed a medivac to Hayman. Still on course for Unsafe Passage we maintained our heading because it was the shortest route now to Hayman compared to doubling back. With a ESE 15-20 we had a good angle for crossing the passage to Hayman on the waves to say the least.

With only a few minutes lost going the scenic route, we arrived at Hayman in quick time to receive our guests for the journey home. At 2120 hours, 15 minutes later we were on our way home. At least we know where home is! Ha ha. It was a beautiful moonlit night with a smatter of light rain here and there as we steamed back to port and came alongside at 2220 hours.

After tying up, the paramedics and patients were gone in a flash and we did the usual refuel, tidy up and clean. A big pat on the back to Shane for sorting out the destination issue so expeditiously and again to all, for the great line work berthing in particular. Whilst the circumstances were confusing at first, I commend everyone on the level headed approach in getting it sorted.

Unfortunately the Garden Bar Restaurant was closed at that time of night so I couldn't buy everyone a beer. 😋

Crew: Bill H (FLIR and backup watch)
Comms: Shane N
Senior Crew: Michelle
Skipper: Marti
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