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Marine Rescue Shoalhaven is a Unit of Marine Rescue NSW, the only recognised volunteer Marine Rescue organisation in NSW. The base station (callsign: Marine Rescue Shoalhaven) is located in The Pilot Station at Crookhaven Heads where staff have views over the Crookhaven Bar and Shoalhaven Bight to Gerroa and Black Head. Between sunrise and sunset, the Pilot Station staff log vessels on and off as they put to and return from the sea. They monitor Marine Distress frequencies 24 hours a day and co-ordinate Marine Search and Rescue operations. Members wishing to talk to the Watch-keeper or Radio Operator on Duty can do so on 02 4447 4466 between 6.00am and 4.00pm.
27.88 mHz - 27.90 mHz
VHF Channels 16 - 73 -81
Marine Rescue Shoalhaven provides weather updates and forecasts to fishermen, both professional and amateur, as well as to local media and other marine operators. Search and Rescue Coordination Centre
A SARCC is a specially designated facility, equipped and accredited to monitor maritime radio distress frequencies for the purpose of receiving distress calls and coordinating maritime search and rescue operations. Such a coordination centre must:-
- satisfy the requirements for and hold a Marine Rescue (Limited Coast) Station and/or a Limited Coast Station radio licence
- be staffed by qualified Search and Rescue Coordinators and Radio Operators; and
- be operational, at a minimum, between the hours of sunrise and sunset daily, and at other times of the day, monitor those frequencies at a place equipped for that purpose
Please be aware that the sea state on the river can be just as choppy in parts as it is outside the bar, particularly in the exposed area around lower Numbaa so do take care on the water.
Unit Commander - Bruce Mitchell ESM
Deputy Unit Commander - Kevin Knudsen
Training Officer - Ray Jones
Boat Manager - Mike Boadle
Fund Raising - John Allerton
Administration - Garth Buchanan
Radio Room Co-ordinator - John Eltherington
Treasurer - Helen Watson
Market Co-ordinator - Dave Kitchener
Boat Crew Roster Co-ordinator - Paul Klausen
Publicity/Webmaster - Bill Carter
Open Day Co-ordinator - Danielle Carter
Welfare Officer - Joy Allerton
Meat Raffle Co-ordinator - Jacky Klausen