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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

15 hours ago

Marine Rescue Queensland

A fire on a charter vessel at Rock Cod Shoals saw 14 people needing to be rescued. Gladstone Police were first on scene and found people in the water and on top of an overturned dory. Gladstone 1 and QGC Rescue 3 were dispatched to assist.

One person was winched from the water and taken by helicopter to hospital. Others were brought back to the VMR base to receive attention from Paramedics. Our crew made them as comfortable as possible. Thankfully all were ok.
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1 day ago

Marine Rescue Queensland

Task/Activation: Attend Whitehaven Beach Fun Run Community Event

With our silver sponsor Hamilton Island hosting and organising the annual Great Whitehaven Beach Run it was a good opportunity to support Hamilton and to use the day as a training run to become more familiar with our Satphone, and to be on location in the event of any emergency or injury.

Abell Point Marina VMR1 departed at 0745 and by 0900 we had anchored off beautiful Whitehaven Beach in nice sunlight but with a chilly southerly blowing at 10-15 knots. There was a lot of activity on the beach in preparation for the runs of differing distances to cater for all levels of fitness. Many runners were involved, and well done to Hamilton.

At 1130 we received a VHF call from the Hamilton Marina Rescue vessel, a competitor had what was thought to be a fractured leg – were we able to transport him back to Airlie Beach so he could get a late afternoon flight? Sure, not a problem, that was what we were there for. Who says there is no such thing as clairvoyance?

The Hamilton tender brought our patient out to VMR1 around noon. He was assisted from the tender backwards up onto our deck, then taken inside and made comfortable and we set off for home at 1205. As we entered Pioneer Bay we called Abell Point Marina to see if they had a wheelchair we could use to get our patient up to the roadside – of course they did, and Amber had it waiting for us by the time we berthed.

We unloaded our passenger and had him taken to his accommodation to get his things and get to the airport, then by the time we refuelled and washed and cleaned the boat, it was just after 1330. Thanks to the crew.

Crew: Michel, Ryan, Bill, Murray and Shane
Skipper: Mal
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1 day ago

Marine Rescue Queensland

A big tow from Manly to Redland city Marina on a really bumpy bay, well done Des and Phil for A roster ... See MoreSee Less

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