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

  • Three men rescued after boat capsizes off Illawarra coastline
  • March 14, 2014

Three men whose boat capsized off the Port Kembla coastline this morning have been rescued after swimming to a small rocky island about half a kilometre offshore.

Marine Rescue NSW Illawarra Regional Controller Bruce Mitchell said the NSW Police Force Marine Area Command had tasked Marine Rescue Port Kembla to respond after the alarm was raised at 9.20am.

Port Kembla 30, with Unit Commander Peter Purnell and member Ray O’Malley, a police officer from the Lake Illawarra Local Area Command and two NSW Ambulance officers on board immediately responded,” he said.

“The CHC Ambulance rescue helicopter and two Wollongong City Council lifeguards on jet skis also responded.”

Mr Mitchell said the 4.5m open runabout had capsized about half a kilometre off shore, near Big Island.

“The three men on board managed to swim to safety on Martin Island, where passing fisherman spotted them and called Triple Zero. The trio was winched to safety by the rescue helicopter,” he said.

Mr Mitchell said the three men had not been wearing lifejackets when the rescue crews arrived at the island.

Port Kembla 30 towed the runabout back to Port Kembla boat ramp.

Mr Mitchell said boaters should always wear lifejackets whenever they were out on the water.

“A lifejacket never ruined a day on the water and it could save your life. Fortunately, these three men were able to swim to safety but it could have been a very different outcome if they had been further out to sea,” he said.

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