In a boating emergency

Radio for help on

Channel 16 on VHF 
(distress and calling channel)

Channel 88 (27.880 MHz) 
on a 27 MHz radio


Call MRNSW on

9450 2468


Or call




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News & Media

  • Injured boater receives urgent medical help
  • November 04, 2016

A man who sustained a head injury when he collapsed on board a 5m runabout on Pittwater this morning has been transported to hospital thanks to the swift response of volunteers at Marine Rescue Terrey Hills.

The other passenger on board the 5m fibreglass vessel radioed the Marine Rescue base for urgent medical assistance at 0930 am when the 48-year-old man collapsed across the helm, lacerating his head.

Radio operator Mel Little was able to reassure the crew member that help would be quickly on the way and provide initial first aid advice to check the patient’s airway and keep him lying calmly in the recovery position.

Unit Commander John Harris said the radio base, responsible for monitoring marine radio transmissions in the Greater Sydney region, had immediately contacted the NSW Police Marine Area Command, which dispatched the Broken Bay Police vessel to respond.

The Police vessel, with NSW Ambulance personnel on board, was quickly on the scene, transporting the injured man to Palm Beach, from where he was transferred to Mona Vale Hospital.

Mr Harris congratulated Ms Little for her professional and empathetic response to the distressing emergency.

“Not only did Mel ensure that medical assistance was rapidly dispatched but she was able to provide considerable reassurance and comfort to the passenger on board, talking her through what she could do to assist the injured skipper,” Mr Harris said.

“In medical emergencies, it’s imperative that our radio operators are able to record all the necessary details, such as the boat’s name, description and position, the nature of the injury and other relevant medical details and the number of people on board.

“This ensures that we can get a rescue vessel on its way as quickly as possible with any necessary medical personnel and equipment on board.

“Marine Rescue NSW radio operators are professionally trained and equipped to respond to emergencies on the water and today, Mel and her colleagues in the MR Terrey Hills radio base have demonstrated the value to the Sydney boating community of the vital service we provide.”

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