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  • North Coast sea search sharpens skills for boating season
  • October 14, 2017

Marine Rescue experts have taken to the water off Ballina on the NSW North Coast today as part of a major capability exercise.

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

Thirty Marine Rescue NSW volunteers from the Ballina, Brunswick, Iluka-Yamba, Evans Head and Point Danger units have been activated as part of a major joint-agency search and rescue scenario.

The event also involves personnel and rescue assets from the NSW Police Force Marine Area Command at Coffs Harbour and Sydney.

Marine Rescue NSW Deputy Commissioner Dean Storey said the exercise would ensure crews were at peak readiness for the summer boating season.

“The amount of boating traffic will jump significantly over the summer as tourists flock to the coastline and that means an increased workload for our crews,” he said.

“It is important for our personnel to train with our rescue colleagues in order to fine-tune our response and maximise the safety for our courageous volunteers.”

This morning, rescue vessels from the five MRNSW units, along with Police launch Fearless, have moved into a defined search area off Ballina to locate three people on board a boat that failed to return from an offshore fishing trip last night.

The boaters had Logged On with the Ballina unit but failed to Log Off. Their vehicle has been located at the boat ramp at Ballina. Search planning, communications and logistics are being managed from the new $2.3 million Marine Rescue Ballina radio tower.

Search and rescue exercises are staged each year as part of an ongoing professional training program to sharpen marine rescue search and rescue skills and strengthen cooperation with other agencies.

Mr Storey said MRNSW volunteers were committed to building their skills and knowledge.

“They provide the boating community with a world-class safety net on the water.”

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