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 Every Thursday 1730-1930 - Meat Raffle - Greenwell Point Bowling Club (Long term Marine Rescue Shoalhaven supporter)


The Holiday Period 2019/2020 was a very busy time for the entire community. Amongst many volunteer organisations around the Shoalhaven and the State, Marine Rescue Shoalhaven was on duty to lend a helping hand. The fires increased an already busy workload with requests to standby to assist our community in enclosed and open waters on various days.


April 2019 was a very busy month for Marine Rescue Shoalhaven:

02-03APR - Major search involving multiple Marine Rescue vessels near Steamers Beach, the search unfortunately turned out to be the recovery of a deceased rock fisherman who was washed off the rocks whilst not wearing a life jacket and did not survive their time in the ocean, NSW Police Divers completed the recovery of the deceased person.

11APR - Major search initiated in the Shoalhaven River towards Grady's Retreat for a missing person, sadly this resulted in another deceased person being recovered. Marine Rescue Shoalhaven was deploying two vessels but was stood down prior to our vessels arriving.

20-21APR (Easter Weekend) - Major search for a suspected missing person off Currarong after a spear fishing gun, float and other gear was found in the water. NSW Police suspended the search due to no person being reported missing and took possession of the equipment.

20-21APR - Thank you to all the volunteers, clubs, businesses, organisations and members of the public who support local fund raising activities and events for Marine Rescue Shoalhaven, including:

   1. Greenwell Point Bowling Club Fishing Club Easter Open

   2. Compleat Angler Easter mini raffle at the Greenwell Point Bowling Club - Winner are Grinners! & 110 Litre Dometic Ice Box

   3. Greenwell Point Community Hall Fete

   4. Easter Fund Raising Bucket Runs through local Caravan Parks



15SEP19 - Sunday - Dragon Boat Regatta

26OCT19 - Saturday - Shoalhaven Riverfest



Boaters on NSW waterways will be even safer under the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government thanks to an extra $37.6 million pledged for Marine Rescue NSW over the next four years. 

Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant said this major funding boost would help save lives on the water by delivering new purpose-built rescue vessels, upgraded operational centres and improvements to the marine radio network. 

The funding will more than double Marine Rescue NSW’s annual budget and make a major difference to the support it can provide to boaters across the state. 

“Community safety is our top priority and this major investment will deliver an extra layer of security and reassurance for anglers, divers and everybody who gets out on our amazing waterways,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“Whether it is our schools, hospitals or emergency services, we are delivering record investments to make a real difference for communities across NSW, and today’s announcement continues our commitment to world-class frontline services. 

“This funding is only possible thanks to the strong economic management of the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government.” 

Mr Grant said, “The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government will establish a new rescue unit on Lord Howe Island, as well as new or upgraded bases and boat buildings at Tweed Heads, Ballina, Narooma, Lake Macquarie, Middle Harbour, Newcastle and the Central Coast.” 

Mr Grant said the extra funding would also deliver 38 brand new vessels to 28 rescue units, providing volunteers with better boats much sooner. 

The vessels will go to the Alpine Lakes, Batemans Bay, Botany Port Hacking (Botany Bay and Port Hacking), Broken Bay, Central Coast, Cronulla, Crowdy Harrington, Eden, Evans Head, Hawkesbury, Jervis Bay, Kioloa, Lemon Tree Passage, Lord Howe Island, Merimbula, Moama, Nambucca, Narooma, Newcastle, Point Danger, Port Jackson, Port Kembla, Port Macquarie, Port Stephens, Sussex Inlet, Tuross, Woolgoolga and Tuggerah Lakes (The Entrance and Toukley). 

“This new investment will also allow Marine Rescue NSW to upgrade the marine radio network, which Marine Rescue NSW maintains and operates,” Mr Grant said. 

“This includes eliminating black spots along the south coast and on the Hawkesbury, making it much safer for boaters and the dedicated volunteers dispatched to support them in times of trouble.” 

This new investment of $37.6 million over the next four years will boost the annual Marine Rescue NSW budget to more than $17 million. 

Marine Rescue NSW Commissioner Stacey Tannos welcomed the announcement and said it will improve safety for boaters right across the State, and better equip the volunteers sent to support them in emergencies. 

“For the first time we’ll be able to invest in a major capital works program to provide our units with efficient, safe and modern operating facilities,” Commissioner Tannos said. 

Marine Rescue NSW operates a network of 44 rescue units along the NSW coastline, and at two priority inland waterways on the Alpine Lakes and Murray River. 

In 2017-18, crews performed 2,802 rescue missions, including 840 missions in response to life-threatening emergencies, saving more than 6,800 lives.


Wednesday 11 July 2018

Marine Rescue Shoalhaven's Class 3 Rescue Vessel Shoalhaven 30 was responded to a 6.2 metre runabout with three persons on board that had lost power some 7 nautical miles off Seven Mile Beach.  SA-30 responded around 1514hrs with skipper Mike, and Crew Marty and Bob, arriving on scene around 1700hrs.  After a jump start the broken down vessel was able to proceed to Kiama Harbour under its own power with SA-30 arriving back at Greenwell Point around 1830hrs.  Image below shows SA-30 arriving at the vessel in need of assistance.



Friday 3 February 2017

Marine Rescue Shoalhaven's new Rescue Vessel Shoalhaven 20 arrives in the Shoalhaven and is launched at Grays Beach Nowra.  The new vessel is a 7.5 metre Ocean Cylinder built by Yamba Welding & Engineering and is powered by twin 150hp Suzuki four stroke outboard engines.  Electronics provided by Raymarine and include radar, FLIR, electronic charts and AIS, all monitored through three multi-function displays.


The new vessel was transported by road and arrived at Greenwell Point just after lunch, however it was decided that Grays Beach at Nowra would be a more suitable location.  The vessel was then transported to Nowra and with the assistance of a crane was lowered into the water in the late afternoon.  The new vessel was then towed to Greenwell Point by Shoalhaven 30, Shoalhaven 20 will not become operational until vessel crews are inducted and trained on the new systems fitted.  It is anticipated this will be completed in the next two months.





Sunday 16 October 2016

Volunteers from Marine Rescue Shoalhaven were called out this afternoon to assist two crew thrown into the water from a capsized catamaran.  Strong north-easterly winds up to 30 knots caused difficult conditions offshore and while one man was able to cling to the upturned vessel, the other drifted away.  Rescue vessel Shoalhaven 30 responded to a call for assistance and was joined by Westpac and Ambulance helicopters in the search for the catamaran.  The crew from Shoalhaven 30 located the upturned vessel and one crew member, taking him aboard.

The other man drifted towards the beach where he was spotted and rescued by a member of the public on a surf ski.  Bruce Mitchell, Marine Rescue Regional Controller for Illawarra, said “The man rescued by our volunteers on Shoalhaven 30 is reported to be safe and well, although shaken by the ordeal. He has been transported to Greenwell Point and did not require ambulance attention.”  “We understand that the man rescued by the surf ski is also safe and well with no reported injuries.”, said Bruce Mitchell.

The catamaran was unable to be rescued due to the conditions and washed up on the beach at Culburra the following day.




23 July 2016

 Dr Peter Taylor from Marine Rescue Shoalhaven, was named Marine Rescue NSW's Officer of the Year's at this years Rotary Emergency Service Community Awards last night (23 July 2016).  Peter has been a member of Marine Rescue Shoalhaven for 18 years serving as rescue boat crew, training officer, committee member and many other roles in the organisation.  Peter is also a Life Member of Marine Rescue NSW.