The crew on Rescue Vessel Central Coast 30 and our Rescue Watercraft Central Coast 11 made a few new friends while refuelling at Careel Bay earlier today.
Well done Marine Rescue Hawkesbury.
Six young men who lit a campfire in a National Park campground on the Hawkesbury River in Saturday’s hazardous weather conditions recklessly risked igniting a potentially devastating bushfire. A volunteer crew from Marine Rescue Hawkesbury spotted the campfire during a patrol on Saturday morning, quickly extinguishing it to prevent its escape into the heavily-forested Marramarra National Park. Rescue vessel Hawkesbury 21 was patrolling the river to ensure all visitors had left the area’s National Parks, which were closed to the public, when they were waved down by the six men, who were camping beside the river at Gentlemans Halt in the Marramarra National Park, to ask for water. On approach, the rescue crew spotted smoke from the burning campfire, despite the statewide Total Fire Ban and the group’s proximity to the surrounding thick bushland, and swiftly went ashore to extinguish the fire. A crew member on board said the temperature in the area at the time was almost 50 degrees. “They were absolute fools,” she said. The crew advised the men to pack up their camp and leave the park immediately but they instead asked to be transported to Kangaroo Point, where they were met by a parent. They said they had hiked about 10km to the campsite the previous night. Their details have been handed to local NSW Police and the NSW Rural Fire Service for investigation. MRNSW Commissioner Stacey Tannos said the Hawkesbury volunteers had without doubt prevented the potential ignition of a serious bushfire in Sydney’s north. “If that fire had escaped into the bush, given the high temperatures and winds, it could have started a significant blaze,” he said. Commissioner Tannos said crews from MR Hawkesbury had been working closely with the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service for weeks, helping to place signs advising of park closures and checking they were clear of people during extreme conditions. “This is another example of the close working relationships between the state’s emergency services and other public agencies to assist and protect the community,” he said. “Our thanks to the crew from Marine Rescue Hawkesbury for their vigilance and professional response to prevent what could have been a major emergency.” The Hawkesbury Gazette Hornsby Advocate Daily Telegraph The Sydney Morning Herald ABC Sydney Facebook.com/abcnews24.au Pittwater Life National Parks Association of NSW 2GB 873 - Sydney Talk Radio 2SM SUPERNETWORK ... See more
Marine radio communications around and to the south of the Eden have been impacted by widespread power and telecommunication outages on the NSW South Coast in the bushfire emergency. While radio coverage along the majority of the coastline is being maintained, VHF radio coverage to the south of Eden is limited. Marine Rescue NSW Director of Operations Andrew Cribb said boaters in the region should factor this into their planning. “We would urge boaters to reconsider any planned trips but if they do head out, to carry extra means of communication such as satellite phones and to be extra vigilant,” he said. Vessels on the water, including those transiting the coast, should continue to attempt to Log On and Log Off with Marine Rescue on VHF 16 and issue any distress calls on VHF 16. Mobile phone coverage may also be affected but if boaters do have mobile service, they can Log On using the MarineRescue App and call Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Technicians have not yet been able to access the area but Marine Rescue NSW is working with the authorities and telecommunications providers to restore the system as rapidly as possible. It is unknown at this stage when full coverage will be re-established. Eden Magnet Bay Post / Moruya Examiner Illawarra Mercury ABC Illawarra ABC South East NSW Radio 2ST 2EC Andrew Constance MP ABC News WIN News Illawarra ... See more
Well done to all that have been and will be assisting.
Marine Rescue NSW volunteers from the Sydney region are continuing to support the response to the state's unprecedented bushfire emergency. Members of Marine Rescue Hawkesbury, Marine Rescue Cottage Point, Marine Rescue Broken Bay, Marine Rescue Sydney, Marine Rescue Middle Harbour, Marine Rescue Port Jackson and Marine Rescue Botany Port Hacking, along with members of Marine Rescue Central Coast, have been providing public communications assistance over the past two months. Almost 100 volunteers have been rostered on 170 shifts at the NSW Rural Fire Service since early November to answer calls from the public to the Bush Fire Information Line seeking details such as fire activity, evacuations, road closures, public services and outages. This has been supplemented since January 2 by additional personnel, including eight today, at the NSW Public Information & Inquiry Centre at the NSW Police Force centre at Surry Hills. Senior MRNSW personnel also continue to be based at RFS Headquarters as liaison officers to assist in the coordination of any support the organisation can provide. Deputy Commissioner Dean Storey said members of the NSW emergency services from across the state were working as one to assist and protect the community. "Thank you to all our people for their sustained contribution to this operation over the past two months, whether in fire-impacted areas in the State's north and now on the South Coast or in the centre of the coordination effort at the RFS," he said. ... See more
Marine Rescue NSW emergency preparations are under way ahead of the weekend’s forecast dangerous fire conditions on the NSW South Coast. MRNSW Deputy Commissioner Dean Storey said units from Sussex Inlet to Bermagui were today being supplied with alternate power sources and first aid supplies to ensure they were able to continue operating to provide emergency assistance to the community. “The South Coast has some very tough days ahead and we want to ensure we are ready to provide whatever support we can to those impacted by fires,” he said. “We’ll be maintaining our operational capacity as best we can in coming days but the safety of our volunteers and the public is the highest priority so we remind boaters that this is not the weekend to be on the water anywhere on the southern coastline. “I want to thank our volunteers for all they’ve been doing to support their communities over the past week, especially when some of them have been fighting to save their own homes. “Our Narooma and Batemans Bay bases have been open to the public, our volunteers have assisted at evacuation centres and yesterday we saw Marine Rescue Ulladulla transporting essential supplies to the Lake Conjola community, which has been so hard hit by massive fires this week. “Today, crews from Marine Rescue Ulladulla and Marine Rescue Batemans Bay are on the water on an important resupply operation.I thank all of our members for their unwavering commitment to public service.” Crews from Marine Rescue Jervis Bay and Batemans Bay are delivering generators and vital first aid supplies, including oxygen cylinders, along the coastline to ensure local MRNSW units and Surf Life Saving Clubs are able to continue operating to provide emergency assistance to the community if needed. Deputy Commissioner Storey thanked Karera for its assistance in sourcing generators and BOC which supplied the oxygen cylinders to Surf Life Saving for distribution. The crew of rescue vessel Jervis Bay 40 late last night loaded the supplies at its base at HMAS Creswell before setting out down the coastline early this morning. After resupplying the Marine Rescue Sussex Inlet unit, the vessel continued south to MR Batemans Bay, from where the crew of Batemans Bay 30 will take over the delivery run to Narooma and Bermagui. ... See more
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A body of a man who went missing while kayaking on the Central Coast, has been located. A 25-year-old man set out kayaking with friends on Budgewoi Lake, Toukley, about 7.45pm yesterday (Tuesday 31 December 2019). The group were unable to return to shore when conditions worsened on the water and two kayakers were later rescued about 500m south of the Buff Point reserve. Officers from Tuggerah Lakes Police District, with the assistance of the Marine Area Command, Marine Rescue Tuggerah Lakes, Roads and Maritime Services and Polair, continued to search the lake for the missing kayaker. Just before 11am today (Wednesday 1 January 2019), the body of a man was located in the water off Budgewoi. A report will be prepared for the Coroner. NSW Police Force would like to thank all the agencies that assisted in the search. ... See more
A crew from Marine Rescue Tuggerah Lakes is joining the resumed search for a kayaker presumed missing at Toukley on the NSW Central Coast this morning. Rescue vessel Tuggerah Lakes 20 (left, below) is on the water. Local police, Polair and NSW Maritime also are taking part in the coordinated operation. About 8.30pm (Tuesday, December 31, 2019, emergency services received reports a group of people kayaking on Budgewoi Lake at Toukley, had got in to trouble. Police have been told the group set out about 7.45pm and were unable to return to shore when conditions worsened on the water. A search operation was commenced by officers attached to Tuggerah Lakes Police District, with the assistance of the Marine Area Command, Marine Rescue Tuggerah Lakes, Roads and Maritime Services and Polair. Two kayakers were rescued 500m south of the Buff Point reserve. A third kayaker was unable to be located. ... See more
Today marks a memorable anniversary for the 3,000 volunteers of Marine Rescue NSW. MRNSW celebrated the 10th anniversary of its formal establishment on July 1 last year and today marks a decade since the start of operations under the new Marine Rescue banner on New Year’s Day, 2010. Our volunteers started that new year by taking to the water and the marine radio airwaves together as one service for the first time. Today, they are recognised globally for their skill, experience and professional resourcing and training. MRNSW brought together volunteers from three marine rescue services, the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association, Royal Volunteer Coastal Patrol and marine fleet of the NSW Volunteer Rescue Association, who took the far-reaching decision to merge into a single, unified organisation. Commissioner Stacey Tannos said MRNSW had continued to grow and develop, delivering 97 new and refurbished rescue vessels worth almost $22 million, expanding its capability, opening two new units on key inland waters and developing new training, operating procedures and volunteer support. “I want to take this opportunity to thank all the volunteers who have given their time, energy and commitment to serving and protecting the community since Marine Rescue NSW was formed,” he said. “Their dedication to our mission of saving lives on the water is unwavering. Each of them deserves our thanks and gratitude.” In the decade to July 1, crews launched more than 25,000 rescue missions, including more than 7,000 in response to life-endangering emergencies. Since 2011/12, our radio operators have handled 2.38 million radio calls and Logged On 583,113 boats. Commissioner Tannos said the service was entering a new phase of development made possible by the State Government’s financial injection of an additional $37.6 million over four years from July 1, 2019. “This new funding means we can further enhance our services, open our first offshore rescue unit on Lord Howe Island, deliver more boats, invest in the State’s marine radio network and upgrade our volunteer facilities and operating conditions. “Today marks the start of a busy and exciting new year for us all. I wish all our volunteers, their families and the members of the boating community a safe, happy and healthy 2020.” ... See more
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