VMR Karumba

About VMR Karumba

VMR Karumba is a small unit in a remote location that does not have the membership numbers to maintain duty rosters, radio watches or patrols.

We are essentially a first response unit for serious emergencies at sea, where life is in danger, and we respond on a needs basis only.

All emergency calls should be directed first to the local Police and only to VMR directly if the Police are unavailable.

Radio VHF channel 16 is monitored 24 hours a day by VTS (Cairns) for Karumba harbour and approaches and help may be sought through contact with VTS as required.

All vessels at sea in the Karumba area are strongly advised to have a VHF radio on board and a 406 EPIRB to assist with your safety in a remote area where rescue assets are minimal.

Vessels intending extended trips away from Karumba should advise VMR of their intentions and duration before leaving Karumba.

Operational Information

VMR Karumba maintains an 11M Naiad Rescue vessel, equipped with long range fuel tanks for the large area of sea and river systems we cover.

One boat, one crew, one chance. Please seek local advice for all your boating activities in our waters.

We are response activated by calling Karumba Police on (07) 4745 9120. Only if police cannot be reached, and it is a serious emergency should you call VMR direct on (07) 4745 9999.

If no response is available on these numbers, please call 000 and state your situation.