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Over 400 rescues for Marine Rescue Illawarra


Despite the wettest start to a year on record, Marine Rescue NSW has had its second busiest 12 month period ever with 3,905 rescues safely delivering 8,599 to shore.

Minister for Emergency Services and Resilience and Minister for Flood Recovery Steph Cooke congratulated Marine Rescue NSW volunteers for their outstanding efforts.

“One third of the rescues conducted in the last financial year were for life-threatening emergencies, sometimes in the worst of weather and sea conditions and at the dead of night,” Ms Cooke said.

Marine Rescue NSW Commissioner Stacey Tannos said that the number of rescues had come in slightly below the previous year, thanks to the poor weather over the popular summer boating period.

“Over the year our volunteers received an extraordinary 223,338 radio calls, nearly one every two minutes. These included 73 Mayday calls when lives were in imminent danger, and 47 Pan Pans, when boaters were in an urgent but not life-threatening situation, as well as 14 flare sightings,” Commissioner Tannos said.

For the Illawarra - 404 rescues, 195 in potentially life-threatening circumstances bringing 802 people safely to shore.

Individual unit statistics for rescues:

  • Port Kembla 107
  • Shellharbour 27
  • Shoalhaven 77
  • Sussex Inlet 55
  • Jervis Bay 96
  • Ulladulla 30
  • Kioloa 3

Image: Marine Rescue NSW