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Assistance is available in emergency and breakdown situations.


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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

2 days ago

Marine Rescue Queensland

White Sunday was tasked to retrieve a tinny at lunch time and the final call of the day was a stranded jet ski as you can see from the picture they were along way out the crew used all the rope they had on board Jonkers Bribie 3 to bring them home safely. ... See MoreSee Less

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3 days ago

Marine Rescue Queensland

Some pics sent from one of our skippers yesterday

"Glassed out all the way to Douglas Shoals today - never see this before."
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3 days ago

Marine Rescue Queensland

Marine Rescue Bundaberg responded to a call for assistance to a vessel with a mechanical issue at the Tobruk Dive site at 1pm Sunday afternoon which necessitated a tow back to Burnett Heads. The 47 nautical mile trip was completed in ideal conditions. Photos of Pete demonstrating how to set up for the tow, Flag "D" and the sun beginning to set. Skipper Erwin, crew of Tony V, Pete W, Warren H and Rob W. Thomas on radio at the base. ... See MoreSee Less

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