Marine Rescue NSW volunteers across the state were involved in a record 386 search and rescue missions in October making it the Service’s busiest ever start to a boating season, which runs from 1 October to 25 April.
Marine Rescue NSW volunteers in the Illawarra were involved in 36 missions.
The previous busiest October for Marine Rescue NSW was in 2020 when crews completed 376 missions.
Marine Rescue NSW Commissioner Alex Barrell said just over a quarter of responses last month were for emergency situations.
“During October, our volunteers responded to 101 emergencies including 7 MAYDAY calls, almost a dozen medical emergencies, capsized vessels and search and rescue missions for missing people,” Commissioner Barrell said.