Marine Rescue Central Coast and Marine Rescue Terrigal to amalgamate

Marine Rescue NSW has announced two of its units on the Central Coast will amalgamate, to form a new unit to serve the region’s large boating community.

Marine Rescue Central Coast at Point Clare and Marine Rescue Terrigal, which have a combined membership of almost 150 volunteers, will join forces from Monday evening.

Terrigal Base

The new unit will continue to serve the area covered by the existing two units – Brisbane Water, Broken Bay and offshore waters – with the ongoing support of the Marine Rescue Broken Bay and Cottage Point units and Broken Bay Police Marine Area Command.

Volunteers from the newly-merged unit will meet in coming weeks to elect a new Unit Commander and Deputy Unit Commander and decide on the new entity’s name.

Commissioner Stacey Tannos said the merger would ensure that MRNSW could continue to provide an effective marine emergency service in the region.

“Bringing together the members of the two units will create a stronger operation, providing more efficient use of our resources and volunteer effort and even greater coordination of our emergency response on the Coast’s busy waterways,” he said.

“It will also help share the rescue load more equitably across this region, which is one of the busiest for recreational boating in NSW.

“The Terrigal unit has struggled to build its volunteer base over recent years, with only 25 current members. These members have been required to carry a heavy operational burden, which impinges on their work, family and other commitments.

“The merger will provide the Terrigal volunteers with more support not only in terms of operational response but also training, administration and fundraising.

“The new unit will have a greater pool of trained and qualified members available to be rostered for duty at both the Point Clare and Terrigal bases.

“The Terrigal unit does not have a radio base so its members now will have more opportunities to undertake duties as marine radio operators.

“The result of the merger will be increased safety for the boating community.”

Give it a Brake!

On Sunday morning the Marine Rescue Central Coast radio room received a phone call from the NSW Police Marine Area Command (MAC), they advised that there was a car in the water off the Eulalia Wharf boat ramp in Davistown.

 

The MAC requested that the radio room transmit a ‘Securite’ to all ships as this was a navigational hazard.

it was also requested that one of the Central Coast vessels investigate the matter, and attach a marker buoy to the vehicle.

Central Coast 21 was sent with a marker buoy to investigate the car in the water, and as it so happened, the units new Rescue Water Craft (Central Coast 11) was out on patrol and they also headed towards Davistown.

Once the car entered the water it floated approximately 200m from the boat ramp and sunk down to the mud. CC21 and CC11 found the car and it was decided that the only way that they were going to be able to successfully get the marker buoy attached to the car was for the RWC operator to get into the water, dive down and attach it to the car. A chilly exercise!

 

 

When the marker buoy was successfully attached CC21 and CC11 both headed back to base and the radio room ceased their ‘Securite’ message in regards to this navigational hazard.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old Fuel No New Problem

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On Sunday the 2nd July at around 1130 the radio operators at Marine Rescue Central Coast received a call from the skipper of a 28ft Huntsman, the skipper advised he had a mechanical issue and requested assistance, he was on … Continue reading

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