Port Kembla Marine Rescue records 160 events

July 5, 2023 9:44 am in by
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Marine Rescue NSW volunteers across the state have completed a record financial year of rescue missions surpassing the previous mark set in 2020/21.

Rescue data shows the Port Kembla base, took part in 11 rescues for June, and 160 for the past 12 months

Marine Rescue NSW Commissioner Alex Barrell said the service’s 3,300 volunteers were involved in 4,567 rescue missions between 1 July 2022 and June 30 this year compared to 4,251 in 2020/21.

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“Rescues for the past 12 months are up around 7.5% on our previous busiest record set in the year 2020/2021.

“Our volunteers safely returned over 10,000 boaters to shore during the 22/23 financial year.

“Their commitment to keeping boaters safe on New South Wales waterways and in some cases during extremely challenging conditions has been exemplary,” the Marine Rescue NSW Commissioner said.

Emergency responses for the financial year were up by 12% compared to 20/21.