VMR Bowen


Started in 1969 as Bowen Air Sea Rescue.

Changed to Volunteer Marine Rescue, Bowen in 1997; call sign VMR487.

We have 30 active members, comprising 11 skippers, 13 crew, 2 radio operators and 4 controllers/radio operators.

Our rescue vessel is an 8.8 metre “Noosa Cat”, powered by twin 250 hp Suzuki outboards; call sign is “Rescue Bowen”. She carries 1000 litres of fuel.

Operational Information

We operate with a minimum of 1 skipper and 2 crew members.

Our main base at the Bowen Boat Harbour is a 2-storey building with operations/training room on top & vessel on rails stored underneath, allowing it to be winched in & out of the water as required.

We have a floating pontoon & walkway used to transfer personnel to & from the vessel.

Our base fuel tank holds 750 litres of fuel.

We operate mainly under the direction of either Townsville or Whitsunday Water Police.

Our area of operation is roughly from Abbott Point in the north to Dingo Beach in the south and out to the Great Barrier Reef. This encompasses an area of approximately 7,000 square kilometres.

We man the base on weekends and public holidays, depending on manpower, and monitor HF channel 2182 and VHF Channels 16, 21 & 73; we maintain a channel 21 repeater on Holbourne Island.

We also have 4 sub-base radios as backup out of hours.

Our squad training officer conducts onboard & classroom training as  necessary.

We have approximately 15-20 activations and 10 training runs per year.

Contact Details
Call Sign  VMR 487
Phone  07 4786 1950
Fax  07 4786 2817
After Hours Emergency  0447 327 290
Location  Boat Harbour Drive Bowen
Postal Address  PO Box 130 Bowen QLD 4805
E Mail bowen@marinerescueqld.org.au
Radio Frequencies
VHF  16, 21, 73
27Mhz  88
MF / HF  2182