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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

10 hours ago

Marine Rescue Queensland

VMR Bundaberg exercising with LifeFlight helicopter

VMR Bundaberg’s Bundy Rescue 2 was on the water off Burnett Heads yesterday in a four hour operation with the LifeFlight helicopter.

This is a regular training exercise between LifeFlight and VMR, where the aircrew, winch operators and rescue swimmers are assessed for regular reaccreditation for marine rescue scenarios. The activity also provides an excellent training opportunity for VMR crews so that they are prepared to work with the helicopter in emergency situations.

The first phase involved deployment of a dummy life raft canister from the helicopter for recovery onto Bundy Rescue, acting as the vessel in distress. The next phase involved receiving a rescue swimmer onto Bundy Rescue while making way at 8 knots. The life raft canister was then winched back to the helicopter. The rescue swimmer was then recovered from Bundy Rescue. Firstly from the rear deck and in subsequent rotations from the forward deck while making way down wind. In the final phase Bundy Rescue acted as the safety boat when the rescue swimmer was winched into the water to recover a simulated casualty.

The four rotations of the above scenarios over four hours saw a deterioration in conditions. Winds were initially 15 knots from the SE, but built to 20 knots resulting is waves up to 2m - getting somewhat “choppy”. However, all exercises were conducted safely. A debrief back at Base highlighted opportunity for improving the downwind recovery.

Photo: Rescue swimmer about to be recovered from forward deck. Video to follow.
Crew: Graham (Skipper), Crew -John O’C, John C, Len, Darryl J, Rod S, Eugene
Radio: John S, Elaine
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10 hours ago

Marine Rescue Queensland

Check out our new sign thanks to the QGC Communities Fund.

The sign will be programmed with tides for the day and safety messages.

VMRG would also like to thank CQ Drilling and Sawing, Pedro's, Boral Concrete, Coates Hire and Gladstone Ports Corporation for helping us out with getting the sign up and running. Let's not forget our awesome volunteers Mick, Terry and Jeff for making it happen.
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10 hours ago

Marine Rescue Queensland

Activation 16/9/18: Assist member broken down, mouth of Nara Inlet, 5.6 metres
I am not amused when the “Help” ringtone goes off early in the morning, but it did. At least the sun was up, if not by much. 24/7 phone holder Bill had received a call from a member broken down off Nara. That became a good thing as they were on the way to the outer reef and this was a much closer and easier place to tow them back from!

Once Marti and Ross were inducted and shown what goes where and which does what on the loan boat from Mackay, our substitute VMR1 was under way at 0740 in very light winds and over a calm sea for the quick trip to Nara, at 30 knots plus.

After the mandatory paperwork was completed we were able to tow them back at 20-25 knots to put them back on what was a busy ramp at Abell Point, before we refuelled and cleaned the boat and were finished by 0925 on a beautiful day in the Whitsundays – but I still would have preferred a lie in after the trip to the reef the night before!

Thanks to Marti and Ross, nice job in an unfamiliar boat.

Crew: Marti, Ross
Skipper: Mal
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