Recreational use of Australia’s coastal and inland waterways continues to rise and a streamlined approach to volunteer search and rescue in New South Wales helps keep the boating community safe.
Marine Rescue NSW was formed in 2010 from a merger of that state’s Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association, Royal Volunteer Coastal Patrol and the NSW Volunteer Rescue Association marine fleet. It now has more than 3000 volunteers in 45 units on the NSW coast and inland on the Alpine Lakes in the Snowy Mountains and the Murray River at Moama.
Annually they respond to more than 700 life endangering emergencies and help out thousands of largely recreational sailors who get into trouble through less dramatic circumstances including engine failure and running out of fuel.
The independent, not for profit organisation has a small paid staff based at its Cronulla headquarters and receives funding from the state government and the fishing, yachting and boating community of NSW through a levy on boat licence and registration fees.
Boat users are encouraged to log on and off each time they take to the water. Marine Rescue’s volunteer radio operators respond to around 300,000 transmissions a year and its MarineRescue app reinforces the importance of boaters letting the organisation know where they are going and when they expect to be back.
Originally Published by The Canberra Times, continue reading here.
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