PHONE ISSUES – Temporary Number 0402 099 042

Our Landline Number was disconnected yesterday and we are in the process of attempting to get it reinstated.

Should you need to contact our Point Clare Base, Please call 0402 099 042

Mixed bag of jobs over the weekend.

On Saturday 28 th October at around 5:30pm a call was received by our radio operators at the Point
Clare base, the skipper of a distressed vessel advised that they were experiencing engine trouble
in the vicinity of Narara Creek, and requested a tow back to Gosford ramp.

Central Coast 12 (Our small training vessel) was tasked to assist with the tow, skippered by Ian
Radford, and crewed by Adrian Davies. CC12 found the stricken vessel near Narara Creek and
commenced the slow tow back to Gosford ramp. To the relief of the tired crew they arrived back to
the Point Clare base at around 7:00pm.

On Sunday 29 th October the first job came in at 11:55am, the skipper of a wooden putt putt advised that they had run out of fuel in the narrows to Davistown. Rescue Vessel Central Coast 21 and Rescue Water Craft (jetski) Central Coast 11 were tasked to assist. CC21 and CC11 quickly found the stricken vessel and towed it across to the Davistown wharf.

The next call came through at around 12:45pm from the skipper of 6m Haines Hunter, they reported
that they were experiencing engine failure they were stranded between Lion Island and Box Head,
and requested a tow back to Lions Park Woy Woy. CC21 was tasked to assist, the crew on board
quickly found the Haines Hunter and commenced the tow back to Lions Park. The crew arrived back
to the Point Clare base at around 2:20pm.

The last call was received at around 2:45pm the skipper of a 12m yacht advised that he was West of
Lion Island, and his motor was overheating, which was preventing him getting back into Brisbane
Water. CC21 was tasked to assist, the crew found the yacht attached the tow line and began the tow
back to Booker Bay Marina. Once the tow was complete the crew returned back to the Point Clare
base, arriving back at around 4:45pm.

While the jobs on Sunday were being handled by the crew on CC21, another crew on Rescue Vessel
X-Ray 21 and CC11 were undertaking training around Caroline Bay. (see photos below)

 

Weekend activities

On Saturday 21 st October rescue vessel Central Coast 22 currently operating out of the Haven base
was tasked by the Police Marine Area Command to undertake a search from Wamberal to Third Point for a male presumed missing from North Avoca.  A Westpac helicopter joined NSW Police, lifeguards and marine rescue vessels to look for the man.

That evening at around 1830 the call out crew from the Point Clare base were activated due
to 7m yacht with two people on board which had run aground near St Huberts island. Rescue Vessel
Central Coast 21 was on scene at around 1845. One of the people on board had a laceration to one
of his feet, he declined first aid treatment and let the crew know that he would later get it checked
out at hospital. The yacht was successfully retrieved from the mud.

On Sunday a 6 metre Putt Putt from Woy Woy Bay broke a tailshaft near Lions Park and requested a tow. X-Ray 21 (On loan from Marine Rescue NSW and based at the Point Clare base) was tasked to tow the vessel to the Spike Milligan bridge.

At around 1745 on Sunday CC21 was tasked to tow a 5metre half cabin with 6 people on board (2
adults and 4 children) from Noonan’s Point to the Gosford ramp, being a fairly short tow the crew
were back at the base at around 1820.

 

SHORT RANGE OPERATOR CERTIFICATE OF PROFICIENCY (SROCP) Course

SHORT RANGE OPERATOR CERTIFICATE OF PROFICIENCY (SROCP) Course
This course will authorize and equip you to operate your life saving VHF radio with confidence.
On successful completion, you will be issued with a licence by the Office of Marine Communications.
Date & Time:  Monday 6 November at 6.30-9 pm (3 consecutive Mondays)
Location:  Marine Rescue Central Coast Base, Kurrawa Ave, Pt Clare
Cost:  MRSS members – $190, Members of the Public – $220 (both include the issue of the official VHF Handbook and all exam costs)
Please call our Radio Room on 4325 7929 to enrol and pay by credit card.

Intruders at Point Clare

Last Thursday morning at around 12:15AM, three people were captured on our Video Cameras prowling around the base and TS Hawkesbury next door. They boarded both the Maritime vessel and our rescue vessel looking for something to steal. Luckily, both vessels were secure.

They also attempted to open one of the roller doors on our shed and then stole a dinghy from the rack.

Below is a video of the three outside our shed. If you recognise any of these people, please inform the police.

Last Thursday morning at around 12:15AM, three people were captured on our Video Cameras prowling around the base and TS Hawkesbury next door. They boarded both the Maritime vessel and our rescue vessel looking for something to steal. Luckily, both vessels were secure. They also attempted to open one of the roller doors on our shed and then stole a dinghy from the rack. Below is a video of the three outside our shed. If you recognise any of these people, please inform the police.

Posted by Marine Rescue Central Coast on Saturday, 21 October 2017

Rotary Donation and awards Special Day for Central Coast Unit

Rotary Donation and awards Special Day for Central Coast Unit

On Saturday 9 September, Both the state member for Gosford , Liesel Tesch and Federal Member for Robertson Lucy Wicks were at Marine Rescue Central Coast to celebrate the amalgamation of the Terrigal and Point Clare Marine rescue bases as well as present long service medals to some of our volunteers. Both stated that the work done by volunteers of Marine Rescue was greatly appreciated.

Karl Liepa was presented with a medal for 15 years of service by Federal Member for Robertson Lucy Wicks

 

 

 

Ron Jackson and Peter Alderton were presented with medals for 10 years of service by state member for Gosford , Liesel Tesch

 

The Unit Commander, Roger Palmer presented Ron Cole with an award to recognise his many years of service as Central Coast Unit’s Publicity officer. One of Rons many roles over his time with the unit

 

 

President Russell Grove of Rotary Club Woy Woy presented Commander Roger Palmer with a cheque for $20,000.00!. A fantastic donation a which will be put to good use.

 

 

 

 

Liesel Tesch also presented Commander Roger Palmer with an NSW flag on behalf of the state government.

 

Regional Operations Manager, Steve Raymond, Command Roger Palmer, Federal  Member, Lucy Wicks, Rotary Club of Woy Woy Sue O’Neill (Service Projects Director), Don Tee (Community Service Chair) and President Russell Grove and State Member Liesel Tesch

New Central Coast Unit continues to thrive

On Sunday 27th August the first collaborative training session for the recently amalgamated Point Clare and Terrigal Bases was held at Point Clare NSW. Newly appointed Deputy Unit Commander (DUC) Shaun Smith and other colleagues from the Haven Base joined with Coxwain Anthony Porter and John Jarvey from Point Clare for a familiarization exercise on Brisbane Water which included Bar Crossings and navigation of the very restricted channel leading to Broken Bay.

 

 

Just as they were to return to Base they received a radio message of a vessel in difficulties at the Rip Bridge. This enabled those aboard to gain further knowledge of the eastern channels of Brisbane Waters in a “hands on” exercise delivering the distressed vessel to Davistown.

 

 

This very convivial initial training session is the first of many which will be undertaken by crews of both Point Clare and The Haven to consolidate our resources and crews and thus provide a very efficient service to the boating public.

 

 

Terrigal Assist

On Friday the 28th July the Marine Rescue Central Coast radio operators received a call from Marine Rescue Norah Head. MRNH advised that a vessel that was off Terrigal had logged on with them and were requesting assistance due to an engine problem.

Rescue vessel Central Coast 22 was tasked to assist. The call out crew quickly got to the Point Clare base and got CC22 ready for the trip to Terrigal.

They left the base at around 10:15am and headed to the location of the vessel needing assistance.

At around 11:15am CC22 located the vessel approximately 1.5nm North East of Terrigal Haven, the crew quickly got the towline attached and headed into Terrigal Haven to drop the vessel off at the ramp.

The tow was completed at approximately 11:50am and the crew onboard CC22 made their way back to the Point Clare Base

The trip was slow with a maximum comfortable speed of 8 knots due to the sea state.

The crew had to make a quick pit stop at the Booker Bay Marina to refuel, and once that was complete they continued their way back to base finally arriving just before 2:00pm.

 

 

Lucky escape for two boaters

On Saturday afternoon at 15:10 Hours, the Radio Room at Marine Rescue Central Coast received a call from a very upset boat owner stating that he had just collided with another vessel just north of the Rip bridge and there were persons in the water.

Skipper Ted Leeson and his crew Kevin Sullivan, Peter Alderton and trainee Geoff Toon were tasked to take Rescue Vessel Central Coast 21 to investigate and assist. They sped to the scene prepared for the worst.

On arrival, they were directed to an aluminium runabout with two men on board. The skipper advised that a fibreglass half cabin vessel had collided with them at speed and that one person had been thrown into the water and that he had a minor injury to his leg.

RMS Maritime was called in to assist and the BSO proceeded to interview the occupants while CC21 went to the fibreglass Vessel to determine the skippers condition. The skipper was physically well however was very upset and was treated for shock. The vessel had significant damage to its side. RMS Maritime BSO interviewed the skipper prior to the vessel being towed to Lions Park Ramp at Woy Woy.

The aluminium vessel was only slightly damaged and they were able to proceed home under their own power.

Luckily, all persons involved were able to return safely to their homes.

Maritime BSO speaking to skipper

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.”