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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

1 day ago

Marine Rescue Queensland

Volunteer Marine Rescue Bribie Island would like to give a BIG THANK YOU to our very first Young Expo Ambassador Tahnee Gordon.

Over the past few months Tahnee has been helping to promote the 2019 Emergency Services Expo

We have had Tahnee hanging off boats, meeting state ministers, local councilors, parading front of her schoolmates with,for photographs all which helped make this year’s Emergency Services Expo the best one ever.

We would like to extend a BIG THANK YOU to Tahnee’s family for allowing her to be part of our Emergency Services Expo promotions you should be very proud of her, Tahnee has done a fantastic job and is a real credit to the family ❤️

And we here at VMR Bribie have been honoured to have Tahnee as part of our VMR extended family.
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1 day ago

Marine Rescue Queensland

Volunteer Marine Rescue Bundaberg
Monday saw our crew conduct training again with the LifeFlight helicopter off Burnett Heads. Some of our crew backed up from Sunday's long activation from Fraser Island. This type of training is invaluable to both organisations. Special thanks to our resident cinematographer Campbell H for putting this clip together.
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3 days ago

Marine Rescue Queensland

Yesterday, Kim Richards Member for Redlands invited Coast Guard and Volunteer Marine Rescue Victoria Point to join her with Acting Deputy Commissioner John Bolger and Assistant Commissioner Joanne Greenfield for a review of the Blue Water Taskforce at Victoria Point. It was an informative afternoon, with Mr Bolger and Ms Greenfield giving an overview of the Blue Water Group and answering all questions from the volunteers. Our thanks to Lance Hewlett and Sheena Hewlett for also joining the group on their Sunday Afternoon, and Kim Richards, QFES, and of course their great support staff for organising the meeting. ... See MoreSee Less

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