NSW Marine Rescue volunteers conduct record number of rescues in July

August 8, 2023 9:20 am in by
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A record 265 rescues have been carried out by marine rescue volunteers off the coast of New South Wales in July, a 46% increase compared to last year.

Marine Rescue NSW Commissioner Alex Barrell says volunteers across the state were tasked to a variety of incidents in July, 114 of which were emergency situations.

“Whilst many people think boating is just for the warmer months, the record number of rescues that we’ve seen in July goes to show that boating is a year-round activity and we ask all boaters to make sure they check their vessel regularly and ensure they have the right safety equipment and an appropriate amount of reserve fuel on board,” Commissioner Barrell says.

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In the Monaro region, 19 rescues were conducted, with Batemans Bay, Eden and Bermagui seeing the most amount of retrievals.