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There are 39 Marine Rescue groups situated along Western Australia’s 13,000 kilometre coastline from Rockingham in the west to Esperance in the south to Kununurra in the north, including Christmas and Cocos (Keeling ) Islands, all with one central aim to protect and saves lives at sea.
Of the total number of groups, 38 have been formally approved under the DFES Act and comprise of more than 1,200 registered volunteers.
Marine Rescue groups work closely with the Western Australian Police Service (WAPOL) performing search and rescue missions at sea.
Marine Rescue Geraldton has been serving the local community since 1988
Marine Rescue volunteers provide a range of emergency management services including:
Maintaining a 24/7 marine radio listening watch to provide rapid assistance to those in need
Assisting WAPOL to search for missing people or vessels
Providing help to drifting vessels unable to make their own way
Assisting in operations to remove grounded or submerged vessels
Rescue assistance includes:
Provision of applied first aid, cardio-pulmonary resuscitation or expired air resuscitation
Towing damaged vessels back to shore or launching ramp
Re-supplying water or fuel to stranded vessels
Providing advice on voyage planning, radio communications and actions to take during an emergency at sea
What does it mean to volunteer?
The Group is grateful to Lotterywest for providing grant funding, allowing Marine Rescue Geraldton to purchased additional Radio over Internet Protocol (RoIP) software and hardware to enable more Radio Operators to work from home. During the COVID19 lockdown all radio communications had to be done from home. These Radio Operations provide coverage for recreational mariners, thus keeping them safe on the water and in turn saving lives.