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

  • Marine Rescue NSW thanks members during National Volunteer Week
  • May 09, 2016

Marine Rescue NSW Commissioner Stacey Tannos has today thanked the organisation’s 3,000-plus volunteers for their commitment to saving lives on the water – and encouraged members of the public to thank all the volunteers in their communities.

Commissioner Tannos said National Volunteer Week, which runs until Sunday, was a great opportunity for everyone to give a volunteer a pat on the back.

“This week gives us all the chance to say thank you to the six million volunteers across the nation for their vital contribution to all sectors of our community,” he said.

Marine Rescue NSW has more than 3,000 volunteers in 45 units along the coastline from the Queensland border to Eden and inland on the Alpine Lakes and the Murray River at Moama.

“We would not be able to provide our essential safety services to the boating community without each and every one of these men and women. I thank them all for the dedication, skill and time they devote to their roles,” Commissioner Tannos said.

“The NSW boating public is much safer on the water thanks to the vigilance of our volunteers. They deserve our gratitude and praise, not just this week but every week.”

In 2014-15 alone, Marine Rescue NSW volunteers:

• Rescued 3,001 vessels in trouble on the water – including 775 in life-threatening emergencies

• Responded to and made a total of 310,342 marine radio calls

• Logged On 70,243 recreational vessels to help them stay safer on the water

• Contributed almost 620,000 hours to serve the community

• Delivered boat and jet ski licence courses to 1,349 individuals and

• Devoted additional time and effort to earn more than 2,200 training qualifications.

Commissioner Tannos also encouraged members of the community interested in volunteering to get in touch with their local Marine Rescue NSW unit.

“We welcome new members who are interested in serving their community and becoming one of a team of emergency service volunteers. It’s a richly rewarding experience,” he said.

Visit for more information on the work of Marine Rescue NSW volunteers.


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