Apr 04, 2017

MEET THE VOLUNTEER MARINE RESCUE TEAM

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Volunteer Marine Rescue (VMR) Southport exhibiting 2017 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show  saving life preserving property at sea

Volunteer Marine Rescue (VMR) Southport will be exhibiting at the 2017 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show to promote its commitment to saving life and preserving property at sea.

When it was established in 1968, the organisation’s marine rescue assistance was provided by a handful of members using their own vessels.

Today, VMR Southport has grown to a squadron of more than 120 volunteer members, offering a service that is manned 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

In 2017, more than 800 marine rescue activations will be undertaken and rescue crews will participate in a further 400-plus training activations, contributing more than 60,000 unpaid hours to providing this vital community service.

VMR Southport primarily operates in an area stretching from the Queensland/ New South Wales border through to the southern parts of Moreton Bay, including the hundreds of kilometres of canals, rivers and tributaries connected to the Gold Coast Broadwater. This area includes an offshore operating area of up to 30 nautical miles.

VMR Southport is often referred to as the busiest marine rescue organisation in Australia, given the number of rescue activations undertaken versus the density of our area of operation, which is very minimal given the length of the nation’s coastline.

Every year, hundreds of vessels exiting and entering the Gold Coast Seaway, transiting the area, and those mariners using the inside waterways of the Gold Coast Broadwater, rely on uninterrupted and high clarity marine radio communications with VMR Southport.

Visit the VMR Southport team along E/F2 Pier For more information, go to www.vmrsouthport.com.au

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