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

  • Marine Rescue Wooli scores 10 out of 10
  • February 26, 2015

Marine Rescue Wooli has rescued 10 people in difficulties after their vessels were swept between the entrance training walls on the Wooli River in the past 10 days.

Spring tides and a major flush in the river after heavy rains from ex-tropical cyclone Marcia have the river running at up to 5 knots (about 9km/h) between the walls on the ebb tide.

Even on a rising tide the river has still been running out. Being caught in this run-out is potentially dangerous, especially with the heavy swell breaking on the bar.

Yesterday, three people on a kayak were caught in the run out and swept down the entrance channel.

Fortunately, they were wearing lifejackets and struggled ashore on rocks on the southern side. They were trapped but their plight was reported to the local SES.

With no land access to the southern side of the river, rescue vessel Wooli 30 was activated.

Vessel crew are trained and equipped for evacuations from the isolated Jones Beach side of the river but the fierce run out and the position of the kayakers, who were unable to climb to a safer location, made normal procedures for a “dry” rescue impossible.

Instead, with the rescue boat manoeuvred as close in as possible and stemming the current, they were brought to the boat one at a time in a life ring. Even the kayak was retrieved and the only injuries were minor oyster cuts.

A week earlier, MR Wooli was called by five teenagers stranded on the southern side of the river when the dinghy that had dropped them off several hours earlier had failed to return and it was now dark. The dinghy was last seen drifting towards the entrance channel with two people on board.

The unit activated a response with the radio base staffed, vessel on the water and an on-scene coordinator on the training wall.

The dinghy was found with the two on board hanging onto rocks on the training wall. The engine had broken down and they had been able to paddle across the current to reach the wall but had no anchor or line to secure the boat. It was either climb out and let the boat drift out or hang on until help arrived.

A line was thrown to the boat and it was towed to safety. With the two on the boat safe, the five stranded in the southern corner of the river could then be evacuated, although the darkness, shallows and falling tide made even this difficult.

Unit Commander Richard Taffs emphasised that all safety equipment should be checked and carried for all trips, no matter how short.

“This includes an anchor with chain and rope. Lifejackets save lives but only if you’re wearing them,” he said.

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