Marine Rescue NSW Volunteers Hone Skills In Major Training Exercise Off Bondi Beach

Written by: The Hawkesbury Phoenix


Volunteers with Marine Rescue NSW will head off to Bondi Beach tomorrow, June 22 to hone their skills in a major training exercise.

Marine Rescue NSW is hosting a major Search and Rescue Exercise (SAREX) tomorrow, June 22 off Bondi Beach.

Volunteers from Hawkesbury are among the 50 Marine Rescue NSW volunteers from seven units across Greater Sydney, along with members of NSW Police Marine Area Command and Surf Life Saving NSW will take part in the exercise.

It is the first time training has been held off Bondi Beach.

“This training exercise is extremely important for all agencies as we get to collaborate and put together our training and exercises we conduct throughout the year to come together for a large-scale multi-agency search and rescue event,” Central Zone Commander Duemmer said.

“The exercise will be coordinated by NSW Police Marine Area Command who will deliver a search and rescue scenario in real-time on Saturday morning.

“Marine Rescue NSW vessels will be deployed from their bases to a central location by notification that there are multiple people in the water needing urgent assistance.

“These crews will be required to locate up to four manikins using specialised drift modelling and search patterns along with their training and expert techniques to locate the manikins in a timely manner.

“This real-time exercise showcases exactly what we do day in, day out.

“We conduct drills and do training and exercises for the day when we get the call to go and save someone’s life at sea.”

Volunteer crews on-water will be supported by radio operators from the Marine Rescue NSW State Communications Centre at Belrose, the forward Command Post at Marks Park, Tamarama and officers from NSW Police Marine Area Command at Balmain.

Zone Commander Duemmer said clear communication was vital in any mission.

“Our State Communications Centre will act as a Search and Rescue Coordination Centre and will be the heart and engine room of Marine Rescue NSW’s operations on-water,” Zone Commander Duemmer said.

He also emphasised that the community should not be concerned by the number of rescue vessels and activity off Bondi Beach from 9 am tomorrow morning.

“To the members of the public and boaters who might see us out there, don’t be alarmed, we are out there doing a controlled exercise,” he said.

“People may also see a helicopter during the exercise.

“It could be quite exciting (for members of the public) from certain vantage points around the coastal area.”

All Marine Rescue NSW Greater Sydney units involved will maintain radio and on-water response in their local areas during the Bondi Beach exercise.

“The community can be assured that in the event of a real emergency on our waterways, our rescue craft and crews are ready to respond,” Zone Commander Duemmer said.

The NSW Government has provided financial assistance for the Greater Sydney SAREX.

Minister for Emergency Services, The Hon Jihad Dib said the Government was committed to supporting the vital work of Marine Rescue NSW and its 3,400 volunteers.

“The dedicated Marine Rescue NSW volunteers from the Greater Sydney region completed more than 1,200 search and rescue missions last year and this exercise is crucial to ensuring rapid response and keeping people on our waterways safe,” Minister Dib said.

“It is also vitally important that agencies have opportunities like this Saturday’s simulation to exercise together so they are better prepared for multi-agency operations.”

The seven units across Greater Sydney involved in the training exercise include Hawkesbury, Port Jackson, Middle Harbour, Sydney - State Communications Centre, Botany Port Hacking, Broken Bay and Cottage Point.

Marine Rescue NSW is a volunteer-based not-for-profit professional organisation dedicate4d to keeping boaters safe on the water and supporting local communities.


Stay Connected


    Get in Contact

Hawkesbury News to your inbox

Sign up now for the latest news from the Hawkesbury Area direct to your inbox.