VMR Hervey Bay

Volunteer Marine Rescue Hervey Bay provides the boating public in Hervey Bay waters with a highly professional rescue service, available on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Our dedicated Rescue Vessel Commanders, crews and Radio Operators are all highly trained, with vessels and crews prepared to go out in all weathers, day or night. The Squadron operates from its Base at Urangan Harbour, from where it covers an area that stretches from Boonlye Point in the Great Sandy Strait to Theodolite Creek, north of Woodgate … and east to Long Shoal situated approximately 14 NM NNW of Sandy Cape. Providing this service requires exacting training, and is costly. During 2014 our Radio Room received 15,746 radio calls from vessels operating in our coverage area. Our rescue vessels spent 719 operational hours on the water, using 24,481 litres of fuel. During this period 119 vessels and 340 people were returned to safety.
Operational Information
Our Rescue Vessels are Hervey Bay RSL Rescue – an 8.2 metre Noosa Cat with a top speed of 40 knots – and Boat Club Rescue – an 8 metre Noosa Cat with a top speed of 47 knots. – and 7 Rescue –an 5.99 metre poly boat with a top speed of 30 knots.
A common misconception is that VMRHB is state funded like the Police, Ambulance or Fire Services. We are not, in fact we receive very limited Government assistance, and depend almost totally on community support through membership subscriptions, sponsorships, donations and fundraising events to cover equipment, running costs and maintenance of our two rescue vessels. Another misconception is that VMR, is something like a cross between the Water Police, Fisheries Inspectors and Customs. The truth is we have no policing role whatever. Volunteer Marine Rescue Hervey Bay, is as our name suggests, a 100% Volunteer Organisation, dedicated to the preservation of life at sea. Our Squadron works in conjunction with the Water Police on a variety of activations including Search and Rescue, and with Queensland Ambulance Service on Medivac missions, which can include evacuating an accident victim, or medical or injury patient from a vessel at sea, or from Fraser Island. On these activations we carry a QAS Officer or Paramedic on board. Membership benefits include reduced towing charge if you need assistance on the water, a copy of our free magazine Rescue One emailed to you each quarter, and in addition we hold regular Radio and First Aid Courses. In addition to this you have peace of mind in knowing that we have your details such boat registration and name, description of boat, trailer registration and contact numbers stored in our computer system, should you get into difficulties. We strongly recommend that all boat operators log on with our Radio Room whenever they go out on the water. Trained Radio Operators monitor VHF channels 16, 73 (local area) and 22 (north of Fairway Beacon) … 27 MHz channels 88 and 91… Our Radio Room is manned daily from 0600 to 1800 hours, and after hours VTS Gladstone monitor channel 16 for emergencies only. Our Admin man the office Monday to Friday 8.30 am to 4.30 pm excluding public holidays.
Mobile phones should not be relied upon as a substitute for a marine radio. They are not designed for marine use and have proven unreliable at sea. The best form of communication on the water is VHF marine radio. If you are considering purchasing a VHF radio please remember that you are required by law to have a certificate to operate the set. VMR Hervey Bay runs regular courses throughout the year to enable you to obtain the Marine Radio Operators Certificate of Proficiency. These courses are FREE to members (there is a cost however, for the Radio Manual and the Licence application fee).
Contact Details
Call Sign  VMR 466
Phone  07 4128 9666
Fax  07 4128 9789
After Hours Emergency
Location  1 Buccaneer Avenue Urangan
Postal Address  PO Box 7120 Urangan QLD 4655
E Mail herveybay@marinerescueqld.org.au
Radio Frequencies
VHF  16, 67, 22, 73
27Mhz  88, 91
URL  http://www.vmrherveybay.com.au/