A caution from us here at Marine Rescue Hervey Bay:
Cyclone Oma is predicted to bring extremely dangerous conditions along our coastline. Strong SE winds strengthening further on Thursday will bring 3-4 metre seas and a 2-3 metre swell in the northern bay and outside Fraser Island. This will combine with very high tides.
The BOM have issued a warning from today for coastal areas, including Hervey Bay Waters and Fraser Island Coast Waters for large and powerful surf conditions making it hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.
Please stay aware and listen for further updates to the weather forecast. ... See MoreSee Less
This afternoon's job for Blue Watch at River Heads. An entire electrical system failure on this runabout proved that 'time and tide waits for none'. We had to wait for the incoming tide and Kevin jumped in to help push her to deeper water. With time, effort and persistence, the result was that the boat and captain were delivered to the River Heads pontoon. ... See MoreSee Less
MRHB Crew Training Day today. We were lucky to have Dr Kathy Townsend of University of the Sunshine Coast talk to us about some of the marine megafauna in our waters, and the impact modern society brings to the ecosystem.
While MRHB's mantra is 'Saving Lives at Sea', that doesn't extend to marine mammals as there are other organisations charged with that duty. If you're out and about and spot a marine mammal that you think needs some care, take note of the location and call 1300ANIMAL. The person on the other end will notify the appropriate authorities.
In other news today, Blue Watch and 'Rescue III' assisted two humans and two labradoodles in the Susan River after their tender's engine failed. ... See MoreSee Less
The Great Sandy Marine Park Zoning PLan review closes on Monday 25 February.
We encourage those who have opinions to have their say. See the post below for more details.The Great Sandy Marine Park Zoning Plan is currently being reviewed. You can have your say, anonymously, on opportunities to enhance the zoning plan for the marine park via this survey until Monday 25 February 2019.
University of Queensland's Rural Clinical School and Hervey Bay Rotary hosted a function on Wednesday evening to introduce the current cohort of student doctors to all the benefits that Fraser Coast living has to offer.
Marine Rescue Hervey Bay had the opportunity to talk at the gathering. ... See MoreSee Less
#HyneTimber Rescue has a busy day today. Started off with a medivac from Kingfisher Bay, and got back in time to standby for a houseboat in trouble.
There was enough time for a quick coffee and we were off to the large houseboat that was in trouble about 5nm east for Burrum Heads. It was quickly evident that towing was not an option. Conditions were such that HTR couldn’t even come along side to evacuate the crew. We had the occupants (two blokes and dog!) get into their inflatable dinghy and cast off so we could take them onto HTR with minimal risk. Once on board, we had to leave the houseboat anchored where it was, and headed back to Urangan. The trip home was slow and rough, with waves breaking right over the cabin. Quite an experience for all concerned.
For the record, the dog was the calmest being aboard.
Busy afternoon. First a tow back from the ‘Artie’, then a possible search for someone off a surf ski near Eli Creek, then another tow back from half way between Pelican Bank and MBS. Coming back from the possible search, we had a close encounter with a kite-surfer who, it seemed, decided to use us as a waypoint.
For those playing at home, come up with some clever captions for our kite-surfer pic. ... See MoreSee Less
It is with sadness, we have to report the passing of Peter Crawford, today.
Peter was Commodore of Air Sea Rescue Hervey Bay from 1994 - 1996. Peter remained very interested in Marine Rescue Hervey Bay and looked forward to receiving a regular copy of our Rescue One magazine. RIP Peter.