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




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News & Media

  • Tuncurry Cruiser Fire - February 6th 2018
  • February 19, 2018

Marine Rescue NSW is thankful that no persons were injured during the vessel fire on the Coolongolook River in Tuncurry on Tuesday evening. (February 6, 2018)

Marine Rescue Forster Tuncurry was standing by to respond to any search or rescue incidents of persons on vessels or in the water, which fortunately there were none.

Following consultation with and under direction of NSW Police Force Marine Area Command, towing of the burning vessel was deemed an unacceptable risk to Marine Rescue volunteers, particularly given that there was no threat to life.

MRNSW’s mandate is saving lives at sea, namely protecting persons from death or injury. MRNSW does not have a firefighting capability including on the scale and intensity encountered during the incident, nor the training or PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) to take a burning vessel under tow.

Towing a large, burning vessel which was likely to sink, to sea, at night, across a bar, where there was no threat to life, posed a significant and unacceptable risk to MR Forster Tuncurry volunteers due to the fire and risk of explosion.

The high chance of the vessel sinking whilst under tow and potential steerage damage impacting safe navigation of a restrictive bar/breakwall area further exacerbated this risk.

 

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