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

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News & Media

  • First task for new Nambucca jet ski is rescue of stand up paddleboarder
  • December 30, 2014

In its first rescue since delivery just before Christmas, Marine Rescue Nambucca’s new Rescue Water Craft (jetski) was today deployed to rescue a stand up paddle boarder caught in the outgoing tide

Piloted by newly elected Deputy Unit Commander Mick Donnelly, Rescue Water Craft Nambucca 11 demonstrated the strategic flexibility of RWCs in coastal bar locations like Nambucca Heads.


With a very fast launch time and response, Mick located the exhausted paddleboarder and safely returned him and his board safely back to the unit’s boatshed.

Marine Rescue Regional Controller John Murray said MRNSW maintains RWCs as part of its rescue fleet across NSW.


“This equipment is particularly valuable as an initial quick response resource on river mouths and bars for small vessels or water craft in distress.  It’s great to see the recent upgrade of the Nambucca RWC already helping to save lives on the water” he said.


“The RWCs can also be put to quick use in supporting search and rescue operations and responding to other incidents in shallow and tidal waterways. They can also secure injured people in the water while a larger vessel arrives on the scene.”


Two new jet skis also have been delivered to Marine Rescue Trial Bay, replacing an older model and adding to the unit’s fleet to bolster its response on the high risk bar and waterways. A new floating pontoon and shed are being built to accommodate the new equipment.


Marine Rescue NSW urges all boaters and water-craft users to put on a lifejacket when they get on board their vessels, particularly over the summer holidays when many families are out enjoying our waterways.


A recent study into boating incidents in NSW showed that ninety per cent of all people who drowned in boating accidents over the decade from 2002 to 2012 were not wearing lifejackets.


Boaters and jet ski riders should also Log On and Log Off with their local Marine Rescue Radio Base. This simple safety strategy means you’ve made sure someone responsible knows you’re out there. If anything occurs that prevents you from Logging Off, action will be taken to start looking for you.

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