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Tags: Voluntary marine rescue Bribie Island. boating safety tips.


To 22nd JUNE 2018 5890 Calls, 1657 vessels logged on, 125 Vessel Assists, 615 Sitreps, 297 Requests, 52 Overdue vessels, 17 Vessel Tracking, 5 Securite Broadcasts.

VHF calls 77.9%, – 27MHz calls 10.3%


FRI 01/06 1052am – 4.2m Runabout member with motor problems, required a tow from Ningi Creek to Base Ramp

FRI 01/06 1140am – 4.5m Tinny member broken down required a tow from between Poverty Point and Donnybrook to Spinnaker Sound Marina.

SUN 03/06 1330pm – 4.2m Runabout member with motor problems, required a tow from Mission Point to Bellara Ramp.

MON 04/06 1051 – 5m Runabout member with flat battery, required a jump start South of the Bridge.

WED 06/06 0701am – 15m Cruiser non-member taking on water, required a tow from Godwin Beach to Bellara.

SAT 09/06 2304pm – Attending an EPIRB activation as requested by VKR at Moreton Island, Bribie One transported man injured while trying to manhandle boat off rocks to Redcliffe Hospital, Bribie Two transported other two persons back to Bribie.

SUN 10/06 1014am – 4.2m Tinny non-member broken down, Required a tow from Bulwer Wrecks to Base Ramp.

TUE 12/06 1216pm – 6m Pontoon Boat non-member with gear box failure required a tow from Woorim to Base Ramp.

WED 11/06 1144am – Tasked by VKR to search for missing Half Cabin Haines Hunter vessel near Roys.

FRI 15/06 0625am – 5.2m Centre Console member rapidly taking on water and beached near Cape Morton, rescued 2 adults and 1 child back to Bribie Island, boat to be salvaged.

The stricken 5.2m vessel beached and full of water

SAT 16/06 0959am – 5.2m Half Cabin member with engine problems required a tow from South end of Bribie Island to Spinnaker Sound Marina.

SAT 16/06 1307pm – 2m Jet Ski non-member broken down at Tangalooma required a tow to Bongaree.

SAT 16/06 1624pm – 4.2m Stessl non-member, can’t start, required a tow from 7km South of Bribie Bridge to Bellara Ramp.

SAT 16/06 2319pm – Member of the public reported a yacht hitting Bribie Bridge, QPS had closed the bridge and Bribie Two was sent to investigate, was a 50 foot steel motor yacht about 70 tons jammed hard against bridge on the Southside and was listing, he had his motor going and bilge pump operating, therefore Bribie One was also called as it was still 50 mins until high tide, after discussion with owner and Water Police, the owner decided to wait for the tide change so as to minimise damage to both vessel and bridge, VMR stood down and the vessel eventually freed itself.

SUN 17/06 0738am – 7m Cruiser member with engine problems required a tow from Bulwer to Spinnaker Sound Marina.

THU 21/06 1516pm – 4.7m Runabout member with motor problems, required a tow from 1km South of Bongaree Jetty to Bellara Ramp.

FRI 22/06 1321pm: – 4.8m Cuddy Cabin non-member, out of fuel near Ningi Creek, required a tow to Spinnaker Sound Marina.


The Red Saturday Crew were on the water training. You may be surprised to know how difficult it can be to get someone back into the vessel on the water, conscious or unconscious. We were doing Person Overboard and Retrieval exercises in the passage however, the water was a little “nippy” for the crew to jump in. Dear old reliable SALLY put her hand up to go for a swim. She always has a smile on her face no matter what! (even after being handled back aboard by crew member Phil Couper).

Red Saturday Competent Crew Phil Couper welcomed new member Jamie Darlington to the Red Saturday Crew and congratulated him on gaining his VMRAQ “Crew” status (designated by a single epaulette stripe).


The State Minister for Fire and Emergency Services Craig Crawford MP was on the Bribie Island to hand over a new Fire Fighting Appliance to the local Fire Station, but took time out to look at VMRBI Facilities, Rescue Vessels, and talk to VMRBI Members.


Wednesday 6TH June 2018 35 members turned out for game 1, Leona Patrick and Betty Snell from the Social Committee provided hotdogs, pies and toasted sandwiches for $3 each. The bar was manned by John Meeke and Peter Morton. Play was pretty even at halftime with the Blues leading 8 to 6, unfortunately the Blues continued to win 22 to 12, which was disappointing to the majority Maroons crowd.


Tuesday 12th June 2018: Ladies Vice President Marie Smith presented Vice Commodore Liz Radajewski with a cheque for $525 being the proceeds of the “Wrong Bias Tin”. Marie and the Ladies Secretary Marg Hopper explained that every time a member put the wrong bias on a bowl, they were required to pay $1 into the tin, and when the tin was full they donated it to a worthy cause.


Friday 15th June 2018
Some 40+ members and guests turned out for the Happy Hour, bar snacks were provided with drinks at great prices

Own a Boat?

You can join VMR Bribie Island online at www.vmrbribie.com, phone (07) 3408 7596 or call in person at Marine Parade Bellara, and enjoy many benefits including:

  • breakdown assistance.
  • vessel & contact details recorded in our database in case of emergency;
  • access to first aid, radio, navigation courses plus safety/boating information sessions;
  • regular social events;
  • reimbursement of up to $100/per year for tows by other VMR/Coastguard units; and
  • overnight/weekend secure car & trailer parking at the base.

Always remember to LOG ON and LOG OFF with MARINE RESCUE BRIBIE for your safety. Speeding on the water – it’s “knot” on !!!!!

Speeding on the water does not mean how fast you are going!!!! It means what effect is your vessel and its wash having on other vessels, moorings, swimmers, bird and marine life and the banks around your vessel.

Although there are gazetted speed limits, speed area restrictions and specific vessel speed restrictions, the overriding rule of the sea is that all vessels are required to travel at a safe speed at all times. The skipper is responsible for the operation of the vessel at all times, so is responsible for knowing what SAFE SPEED means and for knowing any gazetted speed limits with their type of vessel in the specific area they are travelling.

There are four elements to the definition of SAFE SPEED that a skipper must know, they are:

1. Must not operate a vessel (including Personal Water Craft/JetSki) or hire vessels and drive the vessel at a speed or in a manner which is dangerous to the public, birds and marine animals;

2. Should operate their vessel in accordance with the ‘Safe Speed’ requirement in Rule 6 of the Collision Regulations (COLREGs) – simply this describes ‘Safe Speed’ as being able to take proper and effective action to avoid a collision and be stopped within a distance appropriate to the prevailing circumstances and conditions;

3. Always drive slowly when visibility is low; that is, at night and in rain, fog, mist, smoke or glare; and

4. Knowledge of that jurisdiction’s/ location’s speed regulations (whether they be signed or not), particularly if you plan to waterski or use a PWC. Queensland’s Regulation of speed limits in general are that maximum speed limits apply in boating areas. There are penalties and on-the-spot fines for exceeding a speed limit and not adhering to a SAFE SPEED.

The following restrictions apply throughout Queensland whether signs are present or not. A speed limit of 6 knots applies to:

  • the waters of all canals (unless otherwise prescribed)
  • the waters of all boat harbours and marinas
  • if you are operating a PWC – within 60m, all other vessels within 30m of a person in the water; a vessel or buoy displaying a blue and white flag (international flag A); a person in or on a kayak, surfboard, sailboard or similar small unpowered recreational vessel; any other vessel (whether stationary or underway) that may be adversely affected by your wake or wash. Other general restrictions are:
  • Smooth water limits 40 knots (unless otherwise prescribed); and
  • All other Queensland waters 30 knots (unless otherwise prescribed). It is important to remember that even at slow speeds your boat will create a wash or wake. Look behind at your wash and be aware of the impact this can have on other boats, people in the water or the shore.

Travelling at the speed shown on a speed restriction sign does not guarantee you are not creating excessive wash. When navigating near, in or through a mooring area drive slowly and keep wash to a minimum and keep a lookout for people in the water, small dinghies and trailing ropes.

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