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

  • Kind folk awarded for help on ocean
  • March 20, 2017

WELL-DESERVED HONOUR: Local marine rescue volunteers Syl Reid, Pam Ditton, Joy Taylor and Len Hughes receive their awards from MP Justine Elliot.Christian Morrow


THERE are some people who turn up over and over again in Byron Shire volunteer organisations, working hard for our community.

Four of these generous souls - Joy Taylor, Pam Ditton, Len Hughes and Rodney (Syl) Reid - all members of the Volunteer Marine Rescue NSW at Cape Byron, were recognised last week, receiving National Medals in recognition of their long and diligent service to the organisation.

Pam Ditton began volunteering in April 2000 and trains team members on new procedures and carries out regular radio shifts.

Len Hughes joined in 2004, before health issues forced his retirement in 2015.

Syl Reid joined the Volunteer Coastal Patrol in 1997 and continues as watch officer and rescue controller

He is also a life member of both the Byron and Ballina cricket clubs and swim secretary of the Byron Bay Winter Whales.

Joy Fletcher volunteers at Byron District Hospital, the Lions Club Driver Reviver and the the Anglican Op Shop, alongside her work at marine rescue.

Read the full ByronNews story here 

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