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News & Media

  • Marine Rescue Trial Bay in 15 nautical mile tow for out-of-fuel vessel
  • December 30, 2014

Photo: “Trial Bay 30” with offshore rescue range up to nautical miles

It was a 30 nautical mile round trip (55km) for the volunteers at Marine Rescue Trial Bay today.

At around 9.00am the skipper of a 6.5m boat and his two mates fishing 15 nautical miles northeast of the Macleay River entrance, made the unsettling discovery that they had run out of fuel.

The skipper radioed Marine Rescue Trial Bay to seek help and Trial Bay 30, the unit’s fast response offshore rescue vessel was soon on the way. Fortunately, weather conditions were mild.

The skipper of the fishing boat told the rescue crew that his problem appeared to be a faulty fuel gauge. He was able to provide the boat’s position with GPS latitude and longitude coordinates and this enabled the rescuers on Trial Bay 30 to home in exactly on the boat’s location.

The return trip took around three hours to reach port.

MRNSW Mid North Coast Regional Controller John Murray said, “There are two really valuable lessons for boaters to take from this incident.

“First, regular checks and maintenance of the equipment on your boat will help ensure you avoid unexpected surprises. If the weather had been like some recent conditions, the situation could have been much more serious.”

“Second, every boater should be able to know where they are whenever they’re on the water. With today’s technology this is easy. Whether it’s a GPS as part of your on-board navigation gear or simply a GPS facility on a smart phone, every boater can tell rescuers where they if they get into trouble.  If you can tell rescuers where you are, you can be located faster.”

Marine Rescue NSW recommends that all boaters 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.

We also urge 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.


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