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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

Volunteer Marine Rescue BundabergSome video from our training exercise with the Bundaberg based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue Helicopter off Bargara today. RACQ LifeFlight Rescue - Bundaberg, Wide Bay & North Burnett ... See MoreSee Less

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Volunteer Marine Rescue BundabergMarine Rescue Bundaberg trained with the Bundaberg based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue Helicopter off Bargara today. This training provides invaluable benefit to both organisations and we are pleased to be associated with them. Todays training consisted of the helicopter deploying a life raft in a simulated vessel sinking or persons in the water scenario. We then placed two life like dummies into the life raft. The helicopter crew then winched down to the raft and retrieved the "victims". In another exercise two crewman were winched down to our vessel and subsequently retrieved form our vessel. We are fortunate to have the helicopter based in Bundaberg and staffed by such professional crews. Some video footage to follow in a separate post. RACQ LifeFlight Rescue - Bundaberg, Wide Bay & North Burnett ... See MoreSee Less

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Marine Rescue Bribie Island 445The new driveway project started on Saturday at Volunteer Marine Rescue Bribie Island there were plenty of Volunteers to give a helping hand. The project has been funded by a grant from the Commonwealth.
Thanks to everyone who came to help, we could not do this without you all.
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