183 search and rescue missions completed in Port Stephens

A total of 183 search and rescue missions were completed in Port Stephens from October 1 2023 to ANZAC Day.

MARINE Rescue NSW’s 3,400 volunteers have completed their second busiest boating season on record with 3,242 search and rescue missions, including 921 emergency responses between October 1, 2023 and ANZAC Day this year.

This season’s figure was just shy of the record 3,251 missions completed during the 2022/23 boating season.

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Across the Hunter and Central Coast, 993 search and rescue missions were completed including 208 emergency responses, with 2,109 people safely returned to shore across all eight regional units – Port Stephens, Lemon Tree Passage, Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Norah Head, Tuggerah Lakes, Central Coast and Terrigal.

183 search and rescue missions were completed in Port Stephens.

Marine Rescue NSW Commissioner Alex Barrell said volunteer crews safely returned 7,535 boaters to shore statewide during the 2023/24 boating season.

“It’s been another busy season for Marine Rescue NSW right across our 46 units.

“Unfortunately, we’ve seen an overrepresentation in mechanical failures with more than 40 percent of our responses related to engine failure.

“From our perspective, these are avoidable and we’re again urging boaters to make sure before they head out on the water, they check their engine.

“It is important that you check your equipment because unfortunately, if things do go wrong, you could find yourself in a life threatening situation,” he said.

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