Welcome to Rockingham Volunteer Sea Rescue Group

Rockingham Volunteer Sea Rescue Group is located at Point Peron, with its Headquarters housing Cape Peron, Crew Room, Training Centre and the VN6KC Radio Tower. The FSR Jaimee Lee is permanently moored on the jetty adjacent to the public ramps, fuelled and ready to respond at a moment’s notice.

 

Since its conception the Rockingham Volunteer Sea Rescue Group’s membership has grown to 450 members of which 65 are “active”, manning the rescue vessels, the radio tower and telephones to provide the boating public of Rockingham and surrounding districts with emergency coverage 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

 

The duty crew man our rescue vessels and are on standby for a period of 24 hours, with crews rotating over a 7 day period, 365 days per year. We also have administration staff undertaking various duties at our Headquarters, all of which are volunteers and local to Rockingham.

 

Duty Radio Officers commence work at 0600 hours, standing 4 hour radio watches until 2200 hours every day of the week in the summer months (September through to April). An overnight telephone watch is maintained on our Emergency Number 9528 2222. Radio watch hours are reduced in the winter months  (May to August) 0700 hours to 1800 hours , with a telephone watch operating from 1800 to 0600 the following day.

 

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Today both our vessels Jamiee Lee and Cape Peron were dispatched at speed to a MAYDAY distress call to a vessel sinking 40 miles off the coast with 2 people onboard. Also dispatched were WA Water Police, Cockburn sea rescue and an AMSA rescue aircraft. We feared the worse when we lost all radio communications with the vessel, but Approx 10 miles out our vessels were waved down by a passing vessel which happened to be the vessel in distress.
Our Cape Peron was first to get to the vessel and was able to assist with getting the guys safely back to Point Peron. Would like to say that both guys on the vessel done everything right by putting a MAYDAY out, both were wearing lifejackets, and even though communication was lost they signalled us, good work to all involved 😊
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On Thursday 21st our crews were alerted to an unmanned tinnie floating in Cockburn sound, the crew towed it back to Point Peron, but with the help of W.A Water Police we have been unable to contact the rightful owner as the new owner hasnt registered the tinnie in their name.
Anyone who knows of any information regarding this tinnie is asked to either call Water Police or our Radio room, you will be asked for identifying features to ensure that you are talking about the same tinnie.
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Next time you’re out on your boat, double check the expiration date of your EPIRB. If it has expired, or is approaching expiration, contact your local Authorised GME Dealer and discuss options for...

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Here are the steps summarised to help you dock like a boss on a calm day. ... See MoreSee Less

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Docking your boat like a boss
Ever sat and watched boaties coming in to dock after a day on the water? I think most of us have witnessed or been guilty of yelling, screaming or cursing at the kids, wife, husband, mates as your beloved boat bounces off the jetty. Here are a few tips to help avoid Docking Rage.

1. Never approach the dock faster than you’re willing to hit it.
2. Have your bow and stern lines ready before you start docking
3. Tip: Never apply power until after you have turned the wheel
4. Tip: Gentle throttle movements– idle speed. Don’t rush it!

Here we go:
a. Position your boat parallel about a metre from the dock and come to a stop.
b. Turn the wheel away from the dock. If the dock is to starboard, turn full lock to port or vice versa.
c. Now engage forward (gently does it!) and slowly say “forward slow and steady”, and then engage neutral.
d. Immediately put it in reverse and say “reverse slow and steady” and then engage neutral.
e. This will make your boat appear to move sideways towards the jetty. Repeat the short bursts of forward and reverse until you are next to the dock.
f. You have docked like a boss!!

We will talk about docking in windy conditions in another post.
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