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News & Media

  • Rescue experts put marine search skills to the test
  • September 11, 2013

A fleet of vessels and more than 40 rescue specialists will take to the water off Port Macquarie to search for six “victims” missing at sea as part of a major capability exercise this Sunday, September 15.

The search will be the culmination of a two-day regional Search and Rescue Exercise (SAREX) designed to test agencies’ marine search and rescue coordination and practices. 

Marine Rescue NSW Deputy Commissioner Dean Storey said up to 50 volunteers and six rescue vessels from nine Marine Rescue NSW units would take part in the two days of theoretical and practical training sessions.

“This SAREX is the latest in a series of exercises staged each year to hone marine search and rescue skills between agencies,” he said.

“It is a major component of the annual training program for our Mid North Coast volunteers.

“Members of our Marine Rescue units at Woolgoolga, Coffs Harbour, Nambucca, Trial Bay, Port Macquarie, Camden Haven, Crowdy Harrington, Forster-Tuncurry and Lake Macquarie will assemble for the weekend.

“They will be joined by their rescue colleagues from the NSW Police Force Marine Area Command, NSW Roads and Maritime Services, Surf Life Saving NSW, the Royal Australian Navy and the Australian Maritime Safety Authority.”

The weekend will start with a day of table-top exercises and lectures on Saturday.

On Sunday, the MRNSW fleet will undertake a coordinated search and rescue exercise along with the Police vessel Intrepid, RMS and Surf Life Saving boats and the RAN helicopter. The search targets will be six water-rescue dummies dropped in the search area by the helicopter crew to simulate people missing at sea due to a major incident.

Deputy Commissioner Storey said the SAREX series helped strengthen joint agency capability.

“This is essential to ensure that we have the best possible chance of finding and rescuing someone in the water as soon as possible in an emergency, when time is always of the essence,” he said.

The Navy helicopter will be landing in Westport Park on Saturday and Sunday.  Members of the public will be able to have a close look at the chopper after the exercise is completed, about noon on Sunday.


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