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 and 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 aboard.
Tim Bogg Successfully Appointed as Marine Rescue Crew, 13 September 2018.
Tim Bogg successfully completed his assessment for Marine Rescue Crew, Congratulations Tim !! This achievement is all the more noteworthy because of Tim's dedication to his training and the fact that he completed his training on Ulladulla 30. I even heard he passed with flying colours (for you Tim that means the Charlie and November flags, I'm afraid the rest of you will need to look that one up or ask Tim next time you see him). A big thank you to MR Ulladulla for helping Tim through his training.
Peter White Appointed Deputy UC at Marine Rescue Kioloa, by Bruce Mitchell ESM acting UC at MRK, 5 September 2018.
MRNSW Skipper Peter White has been appointed Deputy UC at MRK. Peter includes his new appointment as UC Kioloa with his current role as duty skipper with MR Ulladulla. Peter joined MRNSW in 2009 serving with both MRK and MRU units. With extensive experience aboard Kioloa 20 Peter went on to acquire his skipper's qualification aboard Ulludulla 30 in 2016. Peter, a high ranking officer in the ADF, now retired, brings an extensive background of military experience to this position.
Carol Buckman Receives 10 Year Service Medal Presented at MRC by Bruce Mitchell ESM.
Carol Buckman is awarded her 10 year Service Medal By Acting UC Bruce Mitchell ESM. Carol is currently the principal fundraiser at MRK.
Standing by to Help During the Bushfires, !5 August 2018
One of the little known tasks for Marine Rescue is to assist in the evacuation of residents from areas cut off by bushfires where the only means of evacuation may be by inland or coastal waterways. During the recent Mount Kingiman fires, Kioloa’s boat and crew were placed on standby to assist with possible evacuations around the Burrill Lake area. Although ready to go the fire situation eased and thankfully, the vessel was not required.
Getting Ready for Summer
The crew at Marine Rescue Kioloa have been busy with their training to make sure that when called upon, we will be ready to respond. As part of our ongoing training program, our rescue vessel Kioloa 20 recently completed towing and rafting exercises with Marine Rescue Ulladulla’s large rescue vessel Ulladulla 30. Kioloa crewman Tim Bogg (left) is keeping close watch on the tow from Kioloa 20 with help from Ulladulla trainee, Alex Bonser.
Next MRK Market Day 29 September 2018