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

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Weather Warnings

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News & Media

  • Long distance radio call for help
  • January 10, 2017

On Wednesday night (4/1/17) Marine Rescue NSW received a call for assistance from a 42 foot racing yacht which had run aground on a sand bar off Lady Barron, on the southern tip of Flinders Island.

Remarkably, the channel 16 VHF call had travelled more than 200 nautical miles.

It was received via radio equipment at Marine Rescue Eden and relayed to Marine Rescue Sydney at Terrey Hills. Marine Rescue Radio Operator Dennis Comber took the call.

Tas Maritime Radio was contacted and they made further contact with the vessel in distress.

The skipper was last reported to be back underway and about to cross Bass Strait.

It's a further indication that the MRNSW project to improve marine radio coverage on the NSW-Victoria border has been successful.

The latest work involved an upgrade of communications equipment on Mount Imlay, near Eden.

MRNSW Deputy Commissioner Dean Storey said the Far South Coast of NSW and Victorian border area is a high activity region for recreational and commercial vessels, including many in transit between states.

“Challenging ocean and weather conditions, coupled with largely isolated stretches of coastline make an effective marine radio network a public safety necessity,” he said.

“Through recent installations at Mount Imlay, Marine Rescue Eden and Marine Rescue  Sydney bases, including advanced remote monitoring and linking systems, our dedicated volunteers are able to provide an even better marine radio service to the community and visitors alike.”

Radio waves don’t stop at state borders.

MRNSW Emergency Systems Manager Andrew Cribb said the maximum distance radio messages can travel depends on variables such as air pressure and temperature.

“Atmospheric conditions boost coverage from time to time,” he explained.

Mr Cribb said the call from Tasmania was uncommon.

“We would not expect constant radio coverage that far south,” he said

If a boater needs to talk to Marine Rescue, whether it be it be for emergency communications, weather information or to update a trip log they should call on VHF Channel 16.

Making the initial call on VHF 16 ensures that not only Marine Rescue can hear you, but others in the area can as well.

Marine Rescue may then advise the boater to switch to another channel.


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