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NSW Marine Rescue crews have been busy right throughout the boating season and undertaken nearly 3,000 rescues this summer alone. Photo supplied.

This weekend is the last in the boating season and Marine Rescue volunteers across NSW are rescue ready ahead of ANZAC Day with the boating season wrapping up April 25.

From the Tweed to Eden and inland on the Alpine Lakes and Murray River at Moama, Marine Rescue volunteers are alert and the agency is expecting boaters to take the opportunity to make a long weekend as ANZAC Day falls on Tuesday.

Marine Rescue NSW Commissioner Alex Barrell said there have been large numbers of boats out and about all summer. ‘We expect this weekend to be no different.’

In the maritime environment a simple breakdown can all of a sudden turn into a life-threatening emergency for NSW Marine Rescue. Photo supplied.

The boating season commenced on October 1 last year.

Mr Barrell said Marine Rescue crews have been busy right throughout the boating season and undertaken nearly 3,000 rescues this summer alone.

‘800 of those have been life-threatening emergencies,’ he said.

Boaters to be vigilant

Mr Barrell is asking all boaters to be vigilant when out and about on the state’s waters in the lead up to and including ANZAC Day.

‘Make sure that they have all the right safety equipment on board and importantly Log On with your local Marine Rescue base. Photo supplied.

‘In the maritime environment a simple breakdown can all of a sudden turn into a life-threatening emergency, that’s why it’s so important that you make sure that your boat is in good working order before you head out and you’re always checking the conditions.

‘Make sure that they have all the right safety equipment on board and importantly Log On with your local Marine Rescue base via VHF marine radio channel 16 or over the free Marine Rescue app.’

Marine Rescue NSW is a volunteer based not-for-profit professional organisation dedicated to keeping boaters safe on the water and supporting local communities.


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