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Marine Rescue NSW Gears Up for Busy Easter Weekend on the Water

The Bugle App

27 March 2024, 6:30 AM

Marine Rescue NSW Gears Up for Busy Easter Weekend on the Water

As the Easter long weekend approaches, Marine Rescue NSW is bracing for an influx of boaters set to embark on the state's waterways. With anticipation high for a surge in maritime activity, Commissioner Alex Barrell has announced that the organisation's 3,300 volunteers stand ready to respond to any emergencies that may arise.


"Marine Rescue NSW has had a busy start to the year with over 1500 search and rescue missions," Commissioner Barrell stated. "We are expecting this Easter long weekend to be busy on the water."



Highlighting the scale of their operations during previous holiday periods, Commissioner Barrell recalled last Easter's figures, noting that crews completed 109 search and rescue missions over the four days, ensuring the safe return of 247 individuals to shore.


Emphasising the importance of safety measures, Commissioner Barrell urged boaters to utilise the Marine Rescue NSW app, which provides live weather updates, safety checklists, and allows users to log on with their local Marine Rescue NSW base for added security.



"It only takes a minute to protect a lifetime," Commissioner Barrell remarked. "Keeping across the weather is vital to safe voyage."


He advised boaters to ensure they have sufficient safety equipment, fuel reserves, and have logged on with their local Marine Rescue NSW base before setting sail. Wearing a life jacket was also emphasised as a crucial safety measure.



Marine Rescue NSW, a volunteer-based non-profit organization dedicated to boating safety and community support, stands at the forefront of maritime assistance in New South Wales.


As boaters prepare to enjoy the Easter break on the water, Marine Rescue NSW remains steadfast in its commitment to ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience for all.