Welcome to Marine Rescue Kioloa
We’ve got you covered…
Thanks to a major upgrade of its coastal communications infrastructure, Marine Rescue NSW now provides 24/7 continuous radio coverage along the NSW coastline from Point Danger in the North to Eden in the South. This extensive coastal radio service through our 44 Marine Rescue Units combined with normal mobile phone networks, ensures that no matter where you are or when you call, someone is listening at all times and is able to initiate a rescue response. Often this response will be from the nearest Marine Rescue unit but as a state-wide coordinated agency, and depending on the nature of the problem and level of urgency, rescue assets from other units may be activated or if appropriate, a rescue helicopter may be deployed. Whichever way, we’ve got you covered…
So if you see that “the lights are not on” at the Kioloa Base, this does not mean that your calls will not be answered or a rescue vessel will not be sent to help you. After hours, MR Kioloa still plays an important role in contributing to the Marine Rescue NSW 24/7 rescue response network.
How to Contact the Base
The vast majority of radio callers to Marine Rescue units are engaged in local coastal boating activities and carry radios and/or mobile phones. Although we strongly recommend that you carry a mobile phone when out boating, remember that if you are operating a vessel more than 2 nautical miles from the shore you are required by law to carry a radio. A radio is also recommended for all other vessels operating from Kioloa The recommended and most frequently used radio is VHF (Very High Frequency). Local Marine Rescue units also monitor 27Mhz radios however VHF radios are recommended to maximise the safety of boaters. For Logging On and Logging Off with MR Kioloa, the Marine Rescue mobile phone App is an increasingly popular and convenient method for communicating with the Base and ensuring your voyage details are known for your own safety. For more information on the App see www.marinerescuensw.com.au
Become a Volunteer
Ensuring that MR Kioloa and its rescue vessel Kioloa 20 have enough qualified volunteers presents a continuing challenge to the base and its small supporting community. In meeting this challenge MR Kioloa is seeking new volunteers to train as radio operators and boat crew. We’re on the lookout for people from a range of backgrounds aged 16 years or older who are keen to learn new skills in water safety, and experience the adventure of search and rescue aboard Kioloa 20. Click on the picture at left for application details.
Auxiliary members who can help out making crafts, jams, sauces and baking, and assisting on market days are always welcome.
Click here for more details.
A Reminder on Wearing Life Jackets
It was encouraging to see so many people launching from the ramp in small boats wearing life jackets over the holiday season. Marine Safety Regulation 2016 (NSW) states that each person on board a vessel under 4.8m (just under 15') in open waters must wear a life jacket (click the link in the left column for full details). If a vessel is longer than 4.8m, an appropriate life jacket for each person on board must be available. The operator of the vessel is responsible for the wearing of life jackets.
Marine Rescue NSW encourages the wearing of life jackets at all times while on board.
Back on the Water... Sarex, 14 October 2018
After a period of rapid renewal and training, the MCG Base and rescue vessel Kioloa 20 are now back to full operational status, with the crew having been called upon three times in the last six weeks to provide assistance to people on the water. A vessel with motor problems off Depot Beach required assistance in getting back to safety and was towed to shore where it could be recovered. The second incident occurred during our regional Search and Rescue exercise on Jervis Bay on 14 October when the exercise was interrupted with a “real” job where another vessel with mechanical problems required a tow back into Huskisson. Fortunately for the vessel in distress, there were eight Marine Rescue vessels on the water all standing by to help. In the end, the Kioloa crew were given the task before ultimately rejoining the exercise later in the morning. Our last assist, was to recover a jet ski and two very cold surfers from Belowla Island where the jet ski had broken down and washed ashore on the rocks of the island. All were brought safely back to Kioloa. (Click on images to enlarge)
Despite our successes, MRK remains desperately short of volunteers. Anyone interested in supporting the community through volunteering with Marine Rescue as either boat crew or radio operators or just helping out generally, are asked to contact the:
MRK Base (4457 1109) or call Peter White on 0427 471 167.
Open Day at MRK, Monday 7 January 2019
The Marine Rescue Kioloa Base will be holding an Open Day on Monday 7 January 2018. Have you ever wondered what goes on in the Radio Room? How we track vessels (across all of NSW)? What equipment we carry on the vessel and how we can use it to help vessels at sea day or night? Come along and say hello and we will be happy to show you around.
Training and Accreditation at MR Kioloa, October 2018
The SAREX exercise, referred to above, on 13-14 October 2018 provided the occasion for conducting an MR Crew Skills Refresher on Peter Lee to re-qualify him as MR Crew. He was given no quarter but, as expected, Peter successfully completed his refresher assessment. This means that Peter is now operational again as a crew member, giving MR Kioloa more scope to crew Kioloa 20 in the event of a callout. Congratulations Peter and welcome back to the boat.
Peter Skinner's application to join Marine Rescue was recently approved and he is now officially a provisional member of MR Kioloa. Welcome Peter! Peter will be training as a radio operator and fortunately has some previous experience in this area. Peter will sit in on existing radio shifts as part of his training, so if you see him around the base, please say hello.
Illawarra Regional Sea Air Rescue Exercise (SAREX), 13-14 October 2018
Weekend (13/14 Oct) Kioloa 20 and crew participated in the Illawarra Region Search and Rescue Exercise held at Greenwell Point and on Jervis Bay. MR Kioloa skipper Peter White and vessel crew Peter Lee and Tim Bogg were joined by Peter Raggett from MR Ulladulla.
Training on Saturday addressing matters relating to search and planning were delivered in classroom sessions by Officers from NSW Marine Area Command. Presentations were also made by Surf Life Saving Australia and by a Westpac Helicopter operations manager. Sunday involved a water search exercise on Jervis Bay. The exercise included participation by the Port Kembla Water Police vessel, eight Marine Rescue vessels from the Illawarra Region, and Surf Life Saving crews on their PWC (jet skis). The training was heralded as extremely valuable adding greatly to the skill base of the Kioloa Unit.
MRK Market Day, Saturday 29 September 2018.
The MRK Market Day was a big success! Thanks to all those tireless helpers.
Although we had the weather against us on Saturday and numbers were down thanks to everyone for pitching in and helping wherever that help was needed and a special thanks to Carol and the fundraising team for their hard work.
On the following Sunday we also had an information stall at the Community Market and again there was a pleasing response to MRK from the community, showing interest in what we are doing and where we are up to. The highlight of the day was when a total stranger walked up to the stall, shook hands and said "I just wanted to say thank you." That thanks belongs to all of you and if you ever doubted if what we are doing is worthwhile, well, there's your answer. (Click on the image to enlarge)
First prize in the raffle was won by Craig ticket No. B43.
Second prize was won by Trish ticket No B14 .