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  • October 12, 2018

Marine Rescue operations are in full swing on one of the State’s busiest waterways as the peak boating season continues, Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant said.

Agency volunteers welcomed the Minister to their Mooney Mooney base yesterday afternoon before heading out for a routine exercise on the Hawkesbury River.

“The Hawkesbury River is incredibly popular with recreational boaters from fishers and cruisers to canoeists, kayakers and houseboat residents,” Mr Grant said.

“When boaters need emergency assistance, they can rely on the volunteers from Marine Rescue Hawkesbury, and their surrounding network of rescue vessels, to come to their aid. 

“The NSW Government is grateful for the amazing commitment of our Marine Rescue volunteers, all of whom are professionally trained to help save lives across NSW waterways.”

The Hawkesbury unit’s operational area stretches more than 50km from offshore coastal waters and Broken Bay, upstream to the more isolated stretches of the river.

Their intensive training program includes night exercises and ensures crews are familiar with a range of hazards, including narrow channels, shallow waters and murky estuaries.

In 2017/2018, the unit undertook more than 100 rescue missions, including 12 in response to life-threatening emergencies.

“The unit also gives the NSW Rural Fire Service and Ambulance NSW a helping hand by transporting personnel, and evacuating ill and injured patients by water,” Minister Grant said.

“They’ve also mapped all the private and public wharves along the river that can be used for evacuations and transportation access during emergencies.”

Unit Commander Peter Moore also briefed the Minister on a recent search and rescue exercise.

“More than 50 MRNSW volunteers and nine rescue vessels joined the NSW Police Force Marine Area Command and Westpac Life Saver Helicopter for the weekend exercise to search for a group of kayakers “missing” on the river, and a boater offshore,” Mr Moore said.

“The exercise was a great demonstration of our volunteers’ expertise in preparation for the peak boating season, with all “victims” successfully located during the scenario.”


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