Long Reef Assist

Long Reef Assist .

Marine Rescue Central Coast received a call on Saturday afternoon from the skipper of a 4.4 metre Estuary Tracker who had mechanical problems with their outboard. He and his fishing partner were at Long Reef for an evenings fishing. Central Coast 21 was dispatched to tow them to safety at Patonga. Skipper Phil Page and his crew , Andrew McKellar, Geoff Toon and Peter Alderton undertook the long trip.

On arrival at Long Reef, both the skipper and his Fishing partner were in good spirits and were taken on board while CC21 towed the vessel. Hawkesbury 21 assisted by taking over the tow to Patonga at Broken Bay. The trip back gave the crew a great sunset view which made a slow trip much more pleasant. See pictures.

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Albert Morris honored for his service by Rotary Woy Woy

Albert Morris was recently presented with a community award by Rotary Woy Woy  He was described as a quiet achiever who started with the Royal Volunteer Coastal Patrol (now Marine Rescue) in 1989 and has continued as an active member. Below is an extract from the weekly bulletin “The Pinion” produced by the club.

“Albert became Operations Officer in 1995 and District Commander in 1996. He raised funds for the organisation and received a letter from the Prime Minister recognising his efforts. In 1999 he became Search Master. In 2006 he became the Statistics Officer for NSW. In 2016 he was awarded life membership of Marine Rescue. He also volunteers at Cove Village and for the past 20 years he has been the village bus driver In his reply, Albert said that it had been a pleasure being in Marine Rescue. He thanked our club for the help we gave with their recent radio update that had cost $65,000.

Al Morris Rotary award“Albert receiving his award from Vocational Director Bobby Redman and President Vic Deeble

Flares Firefighting and Sea survival

On Saturday 20th May our members that are on the way to obtaining their competent crew rating met at the Point Clare base for their firefighting and flare training theory and practical. This was thanks to our Deputy Unit Commander Geoff Hawes, and the Marine Rescue Newcastle Deputy Unit Commander Ian Morrow. This was a great learning experience for the members that participated.

As we had pre planned to let some flares off for the practical we had advised Brisbane Water LAC, Marine Area Command and also AMSA

The duty crew took the time to do their 6 monthly marine drills, which also included a refresher on the defibrillator and oxygen therapy use. Later in the day at around 4:45pm the duty radio operators received a call from the skipper of a Bayliner, the skipper advised that his vessel had broken down in Paddy’s channel and requested a tow to Lions Park. The duty crew were soon on their way, and returned to the Point Clare base after dark.

On Sunday the members that are progressing to their crew rating headed down to the Peninsula Leisure Centre at Woy Woy for their Sea Survival practical training.

Back at the Point Clare base the boat crews decided to go on a patrol to Broken Bay, on the way they had a look at the new channel markers between Lobster Beach and Little Box Head.

 

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National Volunteer Week

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Save the date! National Volunteer Week, 8–14 May 2017

National Volunteer Week (NVW) is an annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of our nation’s volunteers.

From 8–14 May 2017 thousands of events across the country will be held to say thank you to the 6 million Australians who volunteer including breakfasts, morning/afternoon teas, and luncheons as well as open days, award ceremonies, picnics, forums and training sessions.

Research shows volunteers live happier and healthier lives. Pledge to volunteer this National Volunteer Week join the 6 million Australians helping make Australia the happiest place on Earth.

see https://www.volunteeringaustralia.org/nvw/ for more info

In Shore (Basic) Navigation Course

Marine Rescue’s Navigation Course is intended to assist those who wish to cruise recreational craft to obtain the necessary skills to do so.

Who should attend?

Those persons who wish to improve their knowledge and obtain the skills required to navigate a vessel safely within a waterway or on a coastal voyage.

Course Admission:There are no prerequisites for Basic Navigation.

Learning Outcomes:

Attendance at this course will enable participants to:

describe the types of charts and the terms and symbols used.
demonstrate an understanding of horizontal and vertical sextant angles and how to plot positions..
demonstrate an ability to plot running fixes.
Resolve speed, distance and time by formulae.
demonstrate an ability to use basic navigation instruments.
predict the height of tides between high and low water.
demonstrate an understanding of electronic instruments used as an aid to navigation..
Course Duration:

The Basic Navigation course is conducted over a period of 8 weeks consisting of two hour theory on Thursday nights commencing at 7.00 pm and some short practical sessions on one day on a few weekends.

Course fees:

Basic Navigation-
General Public $110.00
MRSS Member* $99.00

General Notes:

Progressive assessments are conducted throughout the course.

Students must supply their own drawing instruments and charts, including but not limited to a Douglas protractor, marine dividers, compass, parallel rule or roller rule, some soft lead 2B pencils, a pencil sharpener and eraser. The Naval Charts required are Aus 197, 5011. Some practice charts (5121 and 5169A) may be provided on loan.

Call between 6am and 6pm on 4325 7929 to book your spot.

 

No April Fools

On Saturday 1st April, the radio operators were kept busy in the Point Clare radio room. During the morning there were around 9 ‘transit’ logons of vessels heading north to Newcastle for a yacht race from Newcastle to Port Stephens.

At around 1640 the radio operators received a call from the skipper of a Bayliner. The skipper reported that he had a flat battery and requested a jump start, the vessel was at Wagstaffe and was needing to head to Blackwall channel.

Skipper Al Howes and his crew Peter Fischer, Karl Leipa and Duncan Coles were soon on their way on board CC21. The crew found the vessel and gave them a jump start, the skipper and the 8 people on board the vessel in distress were quite relieved. CC21 returned to the Point Clare base arriving back at around 1730, which gave the crew plenty of time to close the boat and leave the base at 1800 (on time).

Sunday the 2nd April started early for the duty boat crew, with most members arriving early possibly due to daylight savings ending. At around 0555 the radio operators received a phone call from the skipper of a yacht that had taken refuge at Patonga overnight. It was reported that the skipper of the yacht had been on the deck during the evening and taken a fall, he believed that he may have cracked some ribs in the process.

CC21 was tasked for the job with Jim Robertson in command, Paul Hanlon and Peter Fischer as his crew, they were soon headed to Patonga in what they thought would be a medivac situation. Once CC21 arrived on scene they found out that there were four people in total on board the yacht. The gentleman that had called for assistance as well as his daughter (who has had experience in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race) and her two daughters.

The skipper of the yacht advised the crew on board CC21 that he would appreciate a tow back to Booker Bay. CC21 attached the towline and commenced the slow tow back to Booker Bay, the crew had a 2 – 3m swell running a beam of them which made for a slow and not so comfortable ride through Broken Bay.

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The slow and rough ride back for both vessels

Whilst the crew of CC21 were towing the yacht back to Booker Bay, CC22 with Al Howes Skipper, Karl Leipa and Garry Owens as crew were tasked with towing a 6m tinny off the mud in Paddy’s channel which they successfully completed then returned to base. The crew on board CC21 were very relieved once arriving back to base at 1230 (just in time to sit down to a well earnt lunch

VHF Marine Radio Licence Course

Crews Kept Busy During 40 Degree Heat

On Saturday 11th February the duty crew at Marine Rescue Central Coast were kept busy. During the morning the duty crew did some urgent maintenance work on the slip way at the Point Clare Base. Whilst the maintenance work was being carried out the radio operators received a phone call from the skipper of a 5m runabout with 2 people on board that had a flat battery and mechanical issues at Orange Grove, the skipper requested a tow to Lions Park ramp.

Rescue Vessel Central Coast 21 was tasked to assist and was soon on the way to assist with skipper Peter Alderton and Bob Knowles as his crew. Not long after the call the crew reached the vessel and commenced the tow back to Lions Park. Before CC21 reached Lions Park another call was received by our radio operators, from the skipper of a 30ft catamaran with two people on board, the vessel had become becalmed, and they had issues with the auxiliary motor.

Once the crew completed the tow to Lions Park, they headed to the catamaran that was at Blackwall and commenced the tow to Gosford. Once the tow was complete the crew made their way back to the base for some lunch, and some well-deserved down time in the comfort of the air conditioned base.

After lunch Rescue Vessel Central Coast 22 was sent on a patrol with skipper Ken Sharp and his crew Ted Leeson on board. Whilst patrolling they were flagged down at Ettalong Beach by a Personal Watercraft operator, he was having some engine difficulties and requested a tow to Saratoga. Given the weather conditions on Saturday the crew transferred the two people on board the PWC onto the rescue vessel. The tow took about an hour to complete as when towing a jet ski it’s recommended not to exceed 6 knots as any faster can ruin the PWC’s motor.

As the duty crew were getting ready to close the base on Saturday afternoon the radio operators received a radio call from Marine Rescue Hawkesbury who had been speaking with the skipper of 10.8m ex fishing trawler who had 4 people on board and was experiencing engine problems off Whale Beach.

Rescue Vessel Cottage Point 30 overheard the transmission and advised that they were the nearest vessel and now heading towards Whale Beach, they requested that a Central Coast vessel rendezvous at Little Box Head where the Central Coast crew could take over the tow.

CC21 was tasked to rendezvous and headed out at 6:15pm with Norm Smith as skipper and Ted Leeson and Bob Knowles as his crew. CC21 took over the tow just before 7pm and slowly headed to the vessels mooring at Green Point. At around 8:25pm the vessel was back on it’s mooring and the crew of CC21 were making their way back to the base. At around 9pm the hot and exhausted boat crew and radio operators were able to make their way back home.

Sunday only saw one job which was for a 24ft cruiser with 2 people on board that was having engine problems. Broken Bay 20 had started the tow from America Bay and they requested that a Central Coast vessel meet them to take the stricken cruiser to Davistown.

Central Coast 22 was tasked to assist with Ken Sharp as skipper, Norm Smith and Bob Knowles as his crew. CC22 met with BB20 behind Lion Island and took over the tow back to Davistown.

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Photo: Marine Rescue Crew Bob Knowles keeping check on the towline on Central Coast 21 with the 5m runabout in tow to Lions Park.

 

Hot and Busy Weekend for Marine rescue

On Saturday 4th February rescue vessel Central Coast 22 was patrolling Brisbane Waters when they were flagged down by the skipper of a small tinny at Wagstaffe. The skipper was having some mechanical issues and requested a tow to Blackwall ramp. The tow was completed and the crew of CC22 continued their patrol and returned to base.

At around 5:45pm a PWC operator called the base to report that he was having mechanical issues and needed assistance to get from Ettalong Beach to Booker Bay Marina. Central Coast 21 was tasked to assist and were soon on their way.  When CC21 reached Ettalong Beach they soon found the PWC and attached the tow line and towed the jetski to Booker Bay Marina, arriving just after 7pm. The crew and radio operators were then able to close the base and were on their way home by 8pm.

On Sunday 5th February, in extremely hot conditions, Cottage Point 30 received a call to assist a 24ft Whittley in difficulty at Coal and Candle Creek with 2 adults and 6 children on board. The skipper advised that he needed a tow back to Lintern St wharf at Davistown. As a safety precaution the Cottage Point crew made the call to take 1 adult and all 6 children on board the rescue vessel.

Central Coast 21 was tasked to take over the tow at Little Box Head. The 6 children and 1 adult were transferred from CP30 to CC21, and the tow transferred. A very slow and hot job for our volunteers who were glad to return to the air conditioned base at Point Clare.

Australia Day Rescue

Australia Day Rescue

At about 2pm on Australia Day afternoon, Marine Rescue Central Coast radio operators received a phone call from the skipper of a 5.5m centre console with a flat battery. The skipper who was anchored off West Head with 5 people on board requested a jump start.

Rescue vessel Central Coast 21 with Skipper Norm Smith and his crew, Ken Sharp, Ted Leeson and Robert M Smith were soon on their way.

It was a steady trip through Broken Bay with a 2.5m swell, CC21 soon had the centre console in their sights and thankfully the skipper had deployed his V Sheet to make the search much easier. The crew of CC21 attempted to jump start the stricken vessel however the engine would not kick over.

The crew on board CC21 quickly set up a tow and started the slow journey back to Pretty Beach boat ramp, arriving at the ramp at roughly 4:20pm.

A big thank you to our radio operators and boat crews for giving up their time to serve our local community.

And remember if you’re heading out on the water check your safety gear and log on and off with you local Marine Rescue NSW Unit