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

MarineRescue App

The new MarineRescue App is making it easier than ever for boaters to Log On, Log Off and stay safe on NSW waters. It's the only app that will connect you directly to Marine Rescue NSW.

Log On and Log Off

Boaters should always Log On with Marine Rescue NSW whenever they head out on the water and Log Off when they return.

Logging On is a simple process that lets us know when you’re leaving, where you’re heading and when you expect to return.

If you don’t Log Off as scheduled, we’ll activate our search procedures to look for you.

To Log On, call your Marine Rescue NSW base on your marine radio or mobile phone – or use the free MarineRescue app. You can download the app at the App Store for Apple devices or Google play for other Androids.

When you Log On by marine radio or phone, the radio operator will ask you for some basic information about your vessel, your destination and contacts. You’ll enter the same details on your smartphone or other device if you’re using the MarineRescue app. If you don’t Log Off, this information will help us find you, whether you’ve simply forgotten to Log Off when you returned to shore or you’re caught in an emergency and need help fast.

Having the following basic information ready will speed up the process: 

  • Your vessel name and registration number
  • Your time and place of departure
  • Your destination and expected time of return
  • The number of people on board
  • Communications gear on board (eg VHF radio, 27 MHz radio, mobile phone)
  • Your mobile telephone number
  • The name and number of your emergency contact on shore
  • Vessel type and length
  • Hull and topsides colour
  • Where your vessel is usually kept/launched
  • Your vehicle and trailer details (including registration), if relevant

Logging On:

Marine Rescue NSW urges you to Log On every time you head out on your boat, whether you’re out for a morning’s fishing, a day trip around your local area or cruising further along the coastline.

Logging On by marine radio, phone or the MarineRescue app gives you the peace of mind of knowing someone responsible knows you’re on the water, where you were heading and when you’re due back. If the fish are biting and you decide to stay out longer, simply call the base or use the MarineRescue app to update your arrival time. If you Log On via the app, we encourage you to choose the live safety tracking option so your position is updated in our vessel tracking system every 30 minutes. This means that in an emergency, our rescue crews will have a starting point for a search operation, based on your last known position, saving valuable time when minutes can mean the difference between life and death.

Logging  Off:

Log Off by using your marine radio, phone or the MarineRescue app. If you haven’t let us know you’re back safely, we’ll start to look for you. We’ll try calling you first up, just in case you’ve forgotten to Log Off and headed home with your catch. That’s the best outcome. If we get no answer, we’ll step up the response.


If you’re travelling along the coastline, we encourage you to establish a voyage plan with Marine Rescue NSW and an offshore tracking schedule for you to check in (to ‘sked’) with MRNSW bases along your route. This lets us know that you’re travelling safely, on schedule and not in need of emergency help. We’ll keep track of your progress until you safely arrive at your destination in NSW or we hand you over to the marine rescue service in the next State if you’re travelling further north or south.



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