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.

Weather Warnings

Weather Warnings for New South Wales / Australian Capital Territory - marine areas. Issued by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology
Current weather warnings for New South Wales / Australian Capital Territory, Australia including strong wind, gale, storm force and hurricane force wind warnings; tsunami; damaging waves; abnormally high tides; and tropical cyclones.
Weather Warnings for New South Wales / Australian Capital Territory - marine areas. Issued by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology

News & Media

  • March 10, 2017
Transport for NSW today released a major NSW boating incident report, revealing 85 per cent of the 105 recreational boaters presumed drowned since 2007 weren’t wearing a lifejacket.

At the same time, lifejacket safety campaigns have seen lifejacket wear rates surge from nine to 45 per cent and the recreational boating fatal incident rate continues to trend downward. These are among the key findings from new report “Boating Incidents in NSW; Statistical Report for the ten year period ended 30 June 2016.”

With February the peak month for fatalities over the past decade (18.3 per cent) - the report is a timely reminder for recreational boaties to keep heeding the key messages of wearing lifejackets, keeping an eye on weather and water conditions, always driving at a safe speed, avoiding alcohol whilst boating and maintaining a proper lookout at all times.

“Around two million people take to the water across NSW every year, and with over 50,000 jet ski licences, 230,000 registered recreational vessels and 450,000 general boat licences across NSW, following the waterway rules and advice is essential for keeping everyone safe,” Neil Patchett, from Transport’s Centre for Maritime Safety, said.

New lifejacket legislation was introduced in 2011 after extensive community consultation and feedback. Lifejackets must now be worn on smaller vessels at night, offshore, on alpine waters and when alone, and by children under 12.

Following these changes, the Centre for Maritime Safety introduced the Old4New lifejacket exchange program to encourage boaters to upgrade to more comfortable, slimline modern jackets. The popular mobile program is in its fourth year, has travelled more than 90,000km and generated wide interest and engagement with people at 450 site visits across NSW.

On latest figures, there were eleven boating related fatalities in the year to 30 June, 2016. While that is eleven too many, the numbers are down on the ten year average of 17. This figure is also more than 25 per cent lower than the 2014/15 financial year.

These downward trends continue when comparing serious injuries to the previous year. Serious injuries are nearly 35 per cent lower than the ten year average while total incidents are also down.


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