sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Radio repeater invaluable in offshore rescue
Radio repeater invaluable in offshore rescue

'Marine Rescue Ulladulla’s flagship,'    Marine Rescue NSW    Click Here to view large photo

A new marine radio upgrade for the NSW South Coast proved invaluable in a marathon night rescue trip for volunteers from Marine Rescue Ulladulla and a crippled cruiser adrift 30 nautical miles off the coast.

Marine Rescue Ulladulla’s 52ft offshore rescue vessel, Encounter, made a 60 nautical mile (108km) round trip to tow the cruiser to safety when it broke down off Jervis Bay on Thursday afternoon.

Largely thanks to a new radio repeater installed at Cambewarra Mountain early this year, improved communications meant it was a copybook operation.

The $120,000 cruiser called for help when both its engines failed due to a suspected electrical fault.

Encounter’s duty crew set off shortly after 4pm and reached the cruiser as dusk approached.

The new radio repeater ensured radio contact on VHF channel 81 could be quickly established despite the long range. This enabled the vessel in distress, the Marine Rescue base in Ulladulla and Encounter to remain in constant contact throughout the operation.

The cruiser, with two people on board, was quickly taken in tow for the long trip back to harbour, which ended safely soon after 10pm.

Ulladulla Unit Commander Doug Musker said the new $36,000 marine radio repeater was a boon to the rescuers. 'Everybody was able to keep in touch and know what was happening with very clear reception.'

Commissioned in January, the new repeater covers the area from Kiama to Kioloa and while built to meet the minimum standard range of 22 nautical miles, this coverage is often exceeded, as in this case, especially when weather, sea conditions and the condition of equipment on the distressed vessel are favourable.

'Boaters in this area should know that if they are having any difficulty getting help on the regular VHF channels 16 and 73, they should try channel 81. It’s not a chat channel so should be used only when necessary,' Commander Musker said.

The radio upgrade was jointly funded by Marine Rescue NSW and the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Trusts.

Marine Rescue NSW website


by Ken McManus

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=94406

2:29 PM Tue 28 Feb 2012GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.







News - USA and the World



Starboard Hatteras Wave Jam day 5 by American Windsurfing Tour,
















470 Men and Women Worlds - Champions decided in Santander by International 470 Class Association,
















































Big Boat Series - It's not the size, it's the length
ISAF Sailing World Championships Santander - Double French RS:X gold
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Day 8 images by Sailing Energy
ISAF Sailing Worlds - Finn leaders emerge from shifty Santander breeze
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - RS:X winner images by Barbara Sanchez
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Rio 2016 470 spots awarded
52 Super Series 2015 - Outlook looks hot for the 52 Super Series
Starboard Hatteras Wave Jam - Another early start on day 4
ISAF Sailing World - First entry leaves sailor's reputation in tatters
2014 Chicago Match Cup - Four go through to quarter finals
470 Men and Women Worlds - Champs take over leaderboard
ISAF Sailing World Champ - Buckingham finishes with career-best result
America's Cup: Oracle's Larry Ellison to step down as CEO
Classic Yacht Regatta - Sonny takes top classic prize
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Buckingham finishes with career best
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Rio 2016 RS:X spots claimed
ISAF Sailing Worlds - Leaderboards shaping up in Santander + Video
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Giles Scott continues to extend lead
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Day 7 images by Sailing Energy
ISAF Sailing Worlds - Laser and Radial winner images by Jesus Renedo
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Medal Race images by Sail-World.com   
ISAF Sailing Worlds - Dutch dominate Laser and Radial in Santander   
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - Quantum Racing more than doubles overall lead   
J/24 World Championship - Excitement builds for Newport racing   
Volvo Ocean Race - Seb Marsset joins Team Alvimedica   
Fall Seamanship training opportunities at New York Yacht Club   
Rolex Big Boat Series: More images from San Francisco - Final Day   
AWT Hatteras Wave Jam action commences on day 3   
Rolex Big Boat Series: Images from San Francisco - Final Day   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Watch medal races live here   
Hobie 16 Open North American Championships and Pan Am Games qualifier   
ISAF Sailing World Championship - Videos from Santander   
ISAF Sailing Worlds: Buckingham into Medal Race, 470's stay consistent   
470 Men and Women Worlds - Vadlau and Ogar into pole position   
2014 Chicago Match Cup - Defending champion on top   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Strong competition for RS:X fleets   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Big breeze on day 6 + Video   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Buckingham into Laser Medal Race   
U.S. Multihull Championship - Hobie Alter Trophy to be decided   
ISAF Sailing Worlds - The kind of form most sailors only dream about   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT