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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

Marine Rescue Queensland shared Volunteer Marine Rescue Southport's photo. ... See MoreSee Less

Another activation today. Marine Rescue 1, towing a broken down 33ft yacht from Wavebreak Island to Runaway Bay. A tricky job manouvreing this into a Marina berth, but another successful mission. For Marine assistance please call VMR Southport 55911300

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Marine Rescue Queensland shared Volunteer Marine Rescue Bundaberg's post. ... See MoreSee Less

This was one of those dream jobs we got called out for this morning. Reasonable seas, competent solo sailor, VMR member and an uneventful tow and recovery. This all commenced at 12mn last night for our sailor, about 8nm north of the Burnett River. Our sailor had lost his rudder off his 40' sail boat. He anchored and spent an uncomfortable night in sloppy seas. He didn't want to call out VMR in the middle of the night and opted to make contact at 6.30am to ask for assistance. His reasoning was that he was safe and believed the recovery would be better effected in daylight. Whilst we appreciated his decision dont ever be afraid to call for assistance in a timely manner. The tow back to the Burnett River was uneventful. Luckily for him he was a VMR member and because of the towing levy he opted for, there was no charge to him. Skipper Erwin and crew of Peter W, Roger B and Karl. Radio operator Eric.

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