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.

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News & Media

  • Marine Rescue NSW volunteers conduct mock sea rescue to sharpen skills
  • December 12, 2017

Marine rescue experts have conducted a simulated sea rescue near the entrance to Sydney Harbour to refine operational capabilities before major summer events such as the Sydney to Hobart yacht race.

Emergency Services Minister Troy Grant, who observed the exercise from the 11.6m search and rescue vessel Middle Harbour 30, said regular training with realistic scenarios was vital.

“Marine Rescue NSW volunteers have been training hard in recent months, participating in local and regional search and rescue exercises up and down the coast,” Mr Grant said.

“Today’s exercise involved highly trained boat crews and marine radio operators working together.”

Volunteers from MR Middle Harbour retrieved a “victim” from the water, who received first aid including treatment with oxygen and a defibrillator.

Marine Rescue NSW Commissioner Stacey Tannos said the organisation’s dedicated volunteers would be on duty along the coastline, the Alpine Lakes and the Murray River at Moama over summer.

“On Sydney Harbour our members also will be working alongside the NSW Police Force Marine Area Command and NSW Roads and Maritime Services to provide safety watch, crowd control and stand-by support in case of emergencies,” he said.

“Exclusion Zones and No Anchoring Zones will be in place on Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and Australia Day. We urge all skippers to observe these zones to help ensure everyone on the water can enjoy these events safely.

“As always, skippers should make sure everyone on board is wearing a lifejacket and Log On with their local MRNSW unit by marine radio, phone or the free MarineRescue app.“

Commissioner Tannos said use of the app was increasing.

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