On the Sea 17 April 2019 | Jurien Bay Volunteer Marine Rescue Group Inc

On the Sea 17 April 2019

The school holidays are upon us and we are encouraging visiting boaties to use our services to lodge your boating plans.  You are welcome to call down to the Marine Rescue Tower, 34 Breakwater Drive, (past the Marina car park at the end of the road) and complete a Visiting Boat Form.  There is no fee to join as a Visiting Boatie and it is FREE to log on and off with us. When logging on, all we need to know is:

  • your call sign,
  • number of people on board,
  • how much fuel you have,
  • your destination,
  • your estimated time of return,
  • a mobile number that you are taking with you,
  • your boat Marine and Harbour number,
  • trailer and/or vehicle registration number.

If you do not have a radio fitted or it is not operational, you can lodge your plans by calling us on 9652 1950.  We cover the area from Grey to Greenhead, including Cervantes, Sandy Cape, in fact any place within this area where a boat can be launched.

Alternatively you can visit our website:   www.jurienmarinerescue.com.au and complete the necessary form.   Select “Boaties” from the menu, ”Visiting Boat Form” from the quick links panel (on the right hand side) and complete your details.  A photo of your boat can also be included to provide easy identification.  When completed don’t forget to hit “Submit” at the bottom of the screen.

Please remember to:

  • Check the marine weather report and ensure you and your boat are suited to the prevailing conditions. Are warnings current for your boating area?   Are there weather conditions affecting safe navigation and comfort?  What are the wind trends?  What are the wave conditions?   When is the next high and low tide?
  • Be aware that wind gusts can be 40% stronger and maximum waves may be twice the height of what is forecast;
  • Ensure you have the required safety equipment (life jackets, flares, EPIRB) for the area you intend to go to;
  • Ensure you have sufficient fuel. Aim to carry 50 percent more fuel than you expect to use;
  • Log on and off with us!! Keep our radio operators happy!!   Play it safe and use our services, or at least tell a relative or friend of your boating plans.

Divers:

Unattended Boats:  The Department of Transport (DoT) states: “The practice of divers leaving vessels unattended can be very dangerous.  DoT strongly recommends that a responsible person stays on board at all times to raise the alarm if the diver is overdue or to attend to the vessel should it start to drift. In the case of an unattended boat, ensure your anchor is set to hold for the duration of the dive.”

Diving Flag:  “A boat with divers working from it must carry the appropriate day or night signals. The daytime signal for divers is an International Code Flag “A”. The flag must be at least 750 millimetres long and 600 millimetres wide.”

Divers are most welcome to use our services to log on their plans for the day either by radio or mobile phone.

Our Group monitors the radios 24 hours a day / 7 days a week (either at the Tower or through home bases).   Stay safe out there on the ocean. Take 30 seconds and LOG ON WITH US.   It is free!  Not only does it provide you with peace of mind, but also your Family and loved ones will know that you are being looked after.  Most importantly it will allow us to locate you quickly should an emergency arise.

A reminder to all Boaties:  If logging off for the day, after 1600 hours (4.00 pm), please remember to do so outside the Marina.   This provides a better radio reception for our Home Base Operators to respond to your calls.   The Home Base Operators will continue to monitor the radios out of these hours.

Please remember to LOG ON AND LOG OFF.

Working channels are 21 VHF and 27.91 mega hertz.

Emergency channels are 16 VHF and 27.88 mega hertz.

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