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  • South Coast sea search sharpens skills for boating season
  • October 28, 2017
Marine Rescue experts have taken to the water off Jervis Bay on the NSW South 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.

More than 40 Marine Rescue NSW volunteers from the Shellharbour, Shoalhaven, Jervis Bay, Sussex Inlet and Ulladulla units have been activated as part of a joint-agency search and rescue scenario.

The event also involves personnel and rescue assets from the NSW Police Force Marine Area Command at Port Kembla.

Marine Rescue NSW Commissioner Stacey Tannos said the exercise would ensure crews were well prepared for the summer boating season.

“Our volunteers will be increasing their presence on the water and the marine radio airwaves to meet the increase in boating traffic,” he said.

“Training is vital to sharpen skills, maximise safety and strengthen cooperation with other agencies.”

This morning, rescue vessels from the five MRNSW units, along with a Police launch from Port Kembla have moved into a defined search area to locate two missing kayakers.

The man and a woman were attempting to circumnavigate Australia.

An Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) was activated about 5pm Friday (27/10/2017) between Currarong and the entrance to Jervis Bay.


Mr Tannos said MRNSW volunteers provide the boating community with a world-class safety net.

“They are dedicated to saving lives on the water,” he said.

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