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

The new MarineRescue App is making it easier than ever for boaters to Log On, Log Off and stay safe on NSW waters. It's the only app that will connect you directly to Marine Rescue NSW.

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

  • New Year's Eve warning for North Coast boaties
  • January 05, 2016
Marine Rescue NSW is reminding North Coast boaters of waterway safety ahead of New Year's Eve celebrations.

It is the peak boating season for the region, and Marine Rescues says skippers need to do regular weather checks and ensure everyone on board wears a lifejacket.

Spokesman, Ken McManus, said it is also important to report all boating activity.

"Let someone responsible know that you're going out," he said.

"So if an emergency does occur and you can't call for help due to an electrical problem which means your radio won't work, it's important to have someone onshore knowing that you're out there and when you're due back.

"If you don't call in when you're scheduled to do we can take action to follow up where you've told us where you're going.

Mr McManus said maintenance checks are also critical especially if boats have not been used for a while.

"Maintenance is a key issue and old fuel in the fuel tanks is a risk," he said.

"Fuel goes off.

"It can get you started and get you out to where you want to go and then your motor won't start on the way back.

"So make sure you've got clean fuel in your tanks.

"When you go out we've also got a log on service up and down the coast.

"It's just a simple radio call to your local Marine Rescue radio base.

"Let us know where you're going, how many people are on board, and when you're due back."

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