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(distress and calling channel)

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on a 27 MHz radio


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9450 2468


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News & Media

  • Sea search to sharpen skills before summer boating season
  • August 14, 2017

Photographs: Marine Rescue NSW vessels involved in a search and rescue exercise south of Sydney.

Marine Rescue experts have taken to the water south of Sydney today as part of a major capability exercise.

The Search and Rescue Exercise (SAREX) is designed to test agencies’ marine search and rescue practices and coordination.

18 Marine Rescue NSW volunteers from the Botany Port Hacking, Port Kembla and Shellharbour units have been activated as part of a major joint-agency search and rescue scenario.

The event also involves personnel and rescue assets from the NSW Police Force Marine Area Command.

Marine Rescue NSW Deputy Commissioner Dean Storey said the exercise would ensure crews remained at peak readiness before the summer boating season.

“Although the overall level of boating activity quietens in the winter months, major emergencies do occur and the risk is often amplified by the winter storms and impacts of cooler we>“It is important for our personnel to train with our rescue colleagues in order to fine-tune our response and maximise the safety for our courageous volunteers.”

Search and rescue exercises are staged each year as part of an ongoing professional training program to sharpen marine rescue search and rescue skills and strengthen cooperation with other agencies.

This morning an array of rescue vessels moved into defined search areas to locate two boaters who had not returned from an offshore fishing trip.

Mr Storey said MRNSW volunteers were committed to building their skills and knowledge.

“They provide the boating community with a world-class safety net on the water.”

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