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

  • New vehicle boosts Marine Rescue Kioloa response
  • October 08, 2013

The delivery of a new $32,500 four wheel drive will enable members of Marine Rescue Kioloa to respond more swiftly to emergencies on inland and distant waters.

The diesel Mitsubishi Pajero, which will be used to tow the unit’s rescue vessel, Kioloa 20, was purchased with a $15,000 grant from the Veolia Mulwaree Trust and funds raised by the unit’s volunteers.

Unit Commander Louise Andrews said an increasing number of road journeys towing the vessel and the need to handle rough launching sites had proven a challenge for the unit’s former 30-year-old vehicle.

She said the unit had needed a reliable 4X4 capable of towing a 3000kg trailer and the 6.2m Cobia boat, as well as carrying up to four crew members and equipment.

“We’re very grateful to the Veolia Mulwaree Trust for its generous support of our volunteers’ work to save lives on the water,” she said.

“The versatility of our rescue vessel has been enhanced significantly by the purchase of the new towing vehicle, which will be marked up with Marine Rescue NSW livery in coming weeks.”

As well as local offshore waters, the Kioloa unit is responsible for responding to emergencies on the Illawarra’s Conjola, Burrill and Durras lakes.

“In June, Kioloa 20, with a crew from the Kioloa and Ulladulla units, rescued an elderly fisherman on Burrill Lake in pitch darkness and difficult conditions,” UC Andrews said.

“We needed to tow the vessel 30km, followed by a steep lakeside launch but thankfully the man was found and transported to hospital.

“He had slipped from his 10ft tinnie about 12.30pm and been unable to get back on board or to climb the steep lake embankment, spending 10 hours in the freezing lake.  He was not wearing a lifejacket but was standing on rocks in the water when rescued.”

In January, Kioloa 20 was towed 50km to assist with the emergency response to the Deans Gap fire at Sussex Inlet.

“The vessel made a hazardous return crossing of St Georges Basin at night in 30 knot winds to collect animal cages for the RSPCA and transport these to the local emergency evacuation centre,” UC Andrews said.

“This again showed the skill of our members and the value of our training and equipment.”

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