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

  • Volunteer crew rescues boater in fatal rollover on Mid North Coast bar
  • February 24, 2016

A man has died and another has been rescued after their boat overturned and sank in rough conditions on the hazardous Macleay River bar at South West Rocks this afternoon.

Another boater in the vicinity called the Marine Rescue Trial Bay radio base to raise the alarm about noon.

Rescue vessel Trial Bay 30, with skipper Jon Cragg and crew members Rob Hose and Helen Fedoroff on board, and Rescue Water Craft Trial Bay 11, operated by Josh Woodhead, were immediately deployed.

MRNSW Mid North Coast Regional Controller John Murray said the RWC had located both men, who were then retrieved from the water by Trial Bay 30.

A comprehensive search continued until it was determined no other people remained in the water.

Mr Murray said both boaters had been wearing lifejackets, as required when crossing a bar.

“Our boat crew, RWC operator and radio operator Donna Polkinghorne, who provided valuable communications coordination, are to be commended for their swift and professional response to this serious emergency,” he said.

“The Macleay River bar can be unpredictable and conditions were choppy today. The two men had done the right thing by wearing their life jackets but unfortunately this incident has resulted in a fatality.

“Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the deceased man, who was simply out for a day’s boating.”

He said critical incident support would be provided to the Trial Bay members.

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