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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News & Media

  • Marine Rescue NSW marks National Volunteer Week
  • May 08, 2017

Marine Rescue NSW Commissioner Stacey Tannos has today thanked the organisation’s 3,000-plus volunteers for their commitment to saving lives on the water – and encouraged members of the public to thank their local volunteers.

Commissioner Tannos said National Volunteer Week, which runs until Sunday, was a great opportunity for everyone to give a volunteer a pat on the back.

“This week gives us all the chance to say thank you to the six million volunteers across the nation for their vital contribution to all sectors of our community,” he said.

Marine Rescue NSW has more than 3,000 volunteers in 45 units along the coastline from the Queensland border to Eden and inland on the Alpine Lakes and the Murray River at Moama.

“We would not be able to provide our essential safety services to the boating community without each and every one of these men and women. I thank them all for the dedication, skill and time they devote to their roles,” Commissioner Tannos said.

“The NSW boating public is much safer on the water thanks to the vigilance of our volunteers. They deserve our gratitude and praise, not just this week but every week.”

In 2015-16 alone, Marine Rescue NSW volunteers:

• Rescued 3,072 vessels in trouble on the water – including 723 in life-threatening emergencies

• Responded to and made a total of 296,063 marine radio calls

• Logged On 73,383 recreational vessels to help them stay safer on the water

• Contributed almost 622,000 hours to serve the community

Commissioner Tannos also encouraged members of the community interested in volunteering to get in touch with their local Marine Rescue NSW unit, or visit

“We welcome new members who want to serve their community and join a team of emergency service volunteers,” he said.


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