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

  • Boat sinks at entrance to St George’s Basin
  • December 30, 2014

Marine Rescue Sussex Inlet has gone to the aid of a boat that has sunk at the entrance to St George’s Basin.

Marine Rescue Regional Controller for Illawarra, Bruce Mitchell said “At around 3:30 this afternoon a boat carrying four people sank at the entrance to the Basin. The area, known locally as “The Goal Posts” is the busy passage between St Georges Basin and Sussex Inlet to the ocean.”

“The four people made their way safely to shore and we understand that there are no injuries.”

“Rescue vessel Sussex 10 from Marine Rescue Sussex Inlet has gone to the scene to help ensure the sunken vessel is not a navigation hazard,” he said. “Other vessels using this waterway should take extra care.”

This holiday season is already shaping up as a busy time for Marine Rescue NSW. Today alone this is the third report of in-water emergencies requiring assistance from Marine Rescue volunteers.

The two others occurred on the Mid North Coast at Nambucca and Trial Bay.

Marine Rescue NSW urges all boaters and water-craft users to be vigilant during the holiday season when so many more people and vessels are on the water.

Boaters and water craft users should all put on a lifejacket when they get on board their vessels.

A recent study into boating incidents in NSW showed that ninety per cent of all people who drowned in boating accidents over the decade from 2002 to 2012 were not wearing lifejackets.

Boaters and jet ski riders should also Log On and Log Off with their local Marine Rescue Radio Base.

This simple safety strategy means you’ve made sure someone responsible knows you’re out there. If anything occurs that prevents you from Logging Off, action will be taken to start looking for you.


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