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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Weather Warnings

Weather Warnings for New South Wales / Australian Capital Territory - marine areas. Issued by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology
Current weather warnings for New South Wales / Australian Capital Territory, Australia including strong wind, gale, storm force and hurricane force wind warnings; tsunami; damaging waves; abnormally high tides; and tropical cyclones.
Weather Warnings for New South Wales / Australian Capital Territory - marine areas. Issued by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology

News & Media

  • Marine Rescue Port Stephens in dash to solo sailor on yacht in gale conditions
  • May 22, 2015

Photo: Port Stephens 40 under way in calmer conditions.


Volunteers from Marine Rescue Port Stephens have successfully taken in tow a disabled yacht struggling in gale conditions with 40 knot winds (75 kmh) and 4m seas off Stockton Beach north of Newcastle.

Although not in immediate danger, the solo skipper of the 57ft yacht was having extreme difficulty sailing in the stormy conditions and experiencing mechanical problems with the vessel’s engine.

Rescue vessel Port Stephens 40, with a crew of six volunteers, departed its duty wharf at Nelson Bay at 11.10am, reaching the distressed yacht at 12.40pm.

A tow line was successfully deployed to the yacht and Port Stephens 40 is now making slow progress back to the safety of Nelson Bay.

Marine Rescue NSW Regional Controller Hunter/Central Coast Neil Grieves said the conditions were extremely rough for smaller vessels.

“The Bureau of Meteorology has issued Strong Wind and Gale Warnings for the entire NSW coast and Marine Rescue NSW urges boaters to take maximum precautions during this weather which is forecast to continue into the weekend,” Mr Grieves said.

“If you don’t have to go out, don’t go out.

“Boaters should also check on any vessels on moorings and if there is any need to get out to their boat, ensure they wear a lifejacket.”

 

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