Marine Rescue Assistance in emergency, non-emergency and breakdown situations
Marine Rescue Assistance is available 24 hours / 7 days in emergency, non emergency, and routine breakdown situations, with assistance from Point Danger to Bribie Island, and up to 30 nautical miles seaward of the coastline.
Assistance extends only to the closest safe haven, or boat ramp.
A member may request to be towed beyond the safe haven after consultation with the Rescue vessel Skipper. A reimbursement donation will apply.
- In EMERGENCY situations, assistance is provided or sourced regardless of your location, dependent on the situation.
- In instances requiring an immediate response, please call 000 on your phone, or MAYDAY / PAN PAN on your marine radio in the first instance.
- In Non Emergency situations assistance can be arranged at anytime.
- In non urgent situations, please contact ( 07 ) 5591 1300.
VMR Southport has a reciprocal arrangement with all other VMR Squadrons between Point Danger and Bribie Island.
In all instances, unless in an emergency, VMR Southport should be contacted first on ( 07 ) 5591 1300. We will do the rest to arrange assistance for you.
Assistance to members is FREE of charge, however donations are gratefully accepted
Assistance to non members will incur a reimbursement of costs charge, calculated at an hourly rate. Please contact us on ( 07 ) 5591 1300
In Non-Emergent situations – Assistance can be arranged depending on your location and situation. Please contact our Rescue Base on Ph. (07) 5591 1300
24 Hour Radio Watch
Radio watch is available from the VMR Southport Rescue Base 24 hours / 7days. Emergency and general marine radio frequencies monitored are:
VHF 16, 67, 73, 82
Communicating with Seaway Tower
VMR Southport and Australian Volunteer Coastguard members operate the Gold Coast Seaway Tower between the hours of 0500 – 1800 hours daily.
Communications with the Gold Coast Seaway Tower (SWT) can be made using radio, phone, or email, on the following,
Normal working channel: VHF 73
Emergency: VHF 16 or 67
Phone: 07 5591 2948 | Fax 07 5571 2360