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  • Exercise ensures South Coast rescue crews ready for boating season
  • November 12, 2016

Marine Rescue specialists from the State’s South Coast are on the water off Narooma this morning in a major search exercise to ensure they are at peak readiness for the summer boating season.

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

MRNSW volunteers from the Narooma, Batemans Bay, Bermagui, Merimbula and Tuross units, along with members of the NSW Police Force Marine Area Command and NSW Roads and Maritime Services, are engaged in the simulated search operation.

The exercise began at 5am with five vessels deployed to search an offshore area of 144 square nautical miles for a boat reported missing with five people on board.

Two Rescue Water Craft (jet skis) and another boat are searching the coastline to the north and south of Narooma.

Mannequins were earlier dropped at sea as the search targets. The exercise is being controlled from the MR Narooma base.

Marine Rescue NSW Deputy Commissioner Dean Storey said the exercise was scheduled to ensure crews were response-ready for the summer boating season.

“SAREX operations are staged along the coastline each year as part our ongoing professional training program to hone our search and rescue skills and build agency inter-operability,” he said.

“Ensuring our volunteers are well equipped and trained for their roles is integral to our mission to save lives on the water.

“Today’s exercise will help ensure the volunteers in this region are fully prepared for the summer.”

Deputy Commissioner Storey said the SAREX series helped strengthen joint agency capability.

“This is essential to ensure that we have the best possible chance of finding and rescuing someone in the water as soon as possible in an emergency, when time is always of the essence,” he said.


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