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.

News & Media

  • App or radio: make sure you Log On for boating safety this Easter
  • March 23, 2016

NSW boaters have been encouraged to join more than 11,000 others by downloading the MarineRescue App to help them stay safe on the water over the Easter long weekend.


The free App enables boaters to Log On with a Marine Rescue NSW unit quickly and easily from their mobile phone or other device, ensuring someone responsible is watching over their trip.


More than 11,000 boaters have downloaded the App during the year since its release in March 2015. Its use has grown steadily over this time, with an average of 15 per cent of all Log Ons now made via the App.


But that means 85 per cent of Log Ons are still made the traditional way via a marine radio or telephone call direct to a MRNSW unit.


MRNSW Commissioner Stacey Tannos said no matter which way NSW boaters Logged On, MRNSW volunteers would be on duty to provide a safety net for Easter weekend boating.


“This may be the last chance for many boaters to get out on the water for a few days before the colder weather sets in,” he said.


“Skippers who use the free MarineRescue App can also choose its safety tracking option, which updates their position in our tracking system every half hour. This gives them the extra confidence of knowing that rescue crews will know where to start searching for them in the event of an emergency.”

The Commissioner reminded skippers to always ensure everyone on board was wearing a lifejacket. Rock fishers also should wear lifejackets.


The MarineRescue App, suitable for both Apple and Android phones and tablets, also gives boaters quick access to a range of safety features:


-       Local tide, weather and sea conditions;

-       Latitude and longitude position coordinates;

-       Boat ramp locations and popular fishing spots;

-       A safety checklist to review before they head out;

-       Emergency call procedures

-       Information about Marine Rescue NSW


The MarineRescue App is a valuable tool in a boater’s safety toolkit. Download at the App Store (for Apple devices) or Google play (for Androids).


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