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Channel 16 on VHF 
(distress and calling channel)

Channel 88 (27.880 MHz) 
on a 27 MHz radio


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9450 2468


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  • Wide Range of Week-end Activities for Marine Rescue
  • April 29, 2013

Photo: Half Cabin launch in tow from Iron Ladder Beach

A lone man on his 4.0m runabout radioed Volunteer Marine Rescue Central Coast for help around 8:30am on Saturday morning. His boat had run out of fuel in Paddy’s Channel and he requested help to get back to Gosford Ramp. Skipper Al Morris and his crew Karl Liepa were deployed in the rescue vessel Central Coast 20 to undertake the assist.

The Point Clare Base was also busy as ten members of the public were attending a Boating Safety Seminar as part of their Boat Drivers Licence Course. Marine Rescue conducts the Seminar and Boat Licence tests once each month.

A phone call about 1:30pm from the Water Police tasked a MR Central Coast crew to assist with an urgent medical evacuation of a woman from a 7.5m yacht at Saratoga. Ian Morrow, Al Morris and Karl Liepa met NSW Ambulance paramedics at the Public Wharf at Saratoga and then ferried them to the yacht. Once the woman was stabilised the paramedics and the patient were transported back to the waiting ambulance at the wharf.

Around 2:00pm, the rescue boat with crew Al Morris, Karl Liepa and Paul Hanlon was despatched to Iron Ladder Beach to assist two men on a 5.2m ½-Cabin runabout without fuel. The men requested a tow to Ettalong where they hoped to buy some petrol for their engine.

On Sunday, commencing at 10:00am, Central Coast Unit joined with three other Marine Rescue Units, Broken Bay, Cottage Point and Hawkesbury for a joint training Search and Rescue Exercise. The group rendezvoused at Patonga and the exercise and on-water search training was held between Patonga and Juno Point.

Following the exercise as Central Coast 20 and its crew, Al Howes, Al Morris, Karl Liepa and Mark Sheehan, was returning to the Point Clare base it was diverted to Lobster Beach to assist a 4.3m open runabout with three people onboard. The boat’s motor would not restart and the people asked for a tow to the ramp at Lion’s Park Woy Woy.

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