Tags: Voluntary Marine Rescue. Bribie Island. Moreton Bay. Brisbane. Boating rescue.
YEAR TO DATE RADIO ROOM STATISTICS To Thu 21st Feb 2019:
2,078 Calls, 587 vessels logged on, 42 Vessel Assists, 274 Sitreps, 65 Requests, 6 Overdue vessels, 2 Vessel Tracking, 0 Securite Broadcasts. 256 Radio Checks VHF calls 77.8%, – 27MHz calls 10.6%
FEBRUARY VESSEL ASSISTS:
SUN 03/01 0807am – Two 3m Jetski non-members broken down between Woorim & Tangalooma, required a tow back to Woorim.
SAT 09/02 1934pm – 4.8m Tinny member with motor problems required a tow from Shipping lane near Tangalooma to Spinnaker Sound Marina.
MON 11/02 0943am – 4.5m Tinny non-member with flat battery required a tow from North of Pacific Harbour Entrance to Spinnaker Sound Marina.
THU 14/02 1009am – 16m Houseboat non-member drifting towards other moored vessels in the windy conditions in Pumicestone Passage, required securing nearer the VMRBI Base.
THU 14/02 1412pm – 16m Catamaran non-member lost its rudder and required a tow from the Outer Freeman Channel to Bongaree. Tasked by VKR and completed by 1948pm.
THU 14/02 1720pm – 16m Houseboat would not hold with anchor so put on VMRBI Jetty overnight.
FRI 15/02 0628 – 9m Flybridge Cruiser member, mooring rope snapped and was high and dry on Kakadu Beach required mooring off Banksia Beach.
SUN 17/02 1024pm – 5.3m Tinny non-member investigate vessel, doesn’t appear to be fishing and is drifting in the channel towards Red Beach.
TUE 19/02 1253pm – 5.2m ½ Cabin non-member person had badly cut finger which required medical treatment & couldn’t raise the anchor near Toorbul Point.
FIRST AID & CPR COURSES
Wayne Sclater and Allan Tranter “treat” Ray Fox for his multiple injuries!
Wayne Sclater and Allan Tranter “treat” Ray Fox for his multiple injuries! Training never stops at VMR Bribie Island, for crew one of the mandatory qualifications is a current First Aid and CPR certificate. It is also preferred that all active members also hold this certification, as the public often call in to the base with injury for treatment.
Training and certification courses were held over 2 week-ends during Feb 2019 & were conducted by Karen Llewellyn. Bribie Island Bowls Club made another generous donation for the second year of $2000 to VMR Bribie Island which will go toward the operational costs of our rescue vessels. VMRBI Vice Commodore Ces Luscombe, Ellen Booth & Nicole Hancock from Bribie Island Bowls Club, VMRBI Commodore Liz Radajewski and Bribie Bowls Club Treasurer Kerry Muller
VMRBI Vice Commodore Ces Luscombe, Ellen Booth & Nicole Hancock from Bribie Island Bowls Club, VMRBI Commodore Liz Radajewski and Bribie Bowls Club Treasurer Kerry Muller
COMBINED EMERGENCY SERVICES EXPO
The 1st Planning Meeting (14th Feb 2019) for the 2019 EXPO to be held Sunday 13th Oct 2019, was held at the VMRBI Base, 24 participants attended & discussed what worked well last year and what we can do differently this year. Present were members from QPS, QFES, Rural Fire, SES, MBRC, VMRAQ, VMRBI, PCYC Cadets.
VMRBI Emergency Services Liaison Officer Graham Gibb presents the Best Display Award to Supt Paul Ready of QPS for the 2019 EXPO.
ASSIST RELOCATING HOUSEBOAT
Thursday 14th Feb 2019, a 16m Houseboat subjected to the increasing wind was drifting towards other moored vessels in the Pumicestone Passage, Bribie Two was activated & secured the houseboat in front of the VMRBI Base.
Bribie 2 tows a 16m houseboat to a different location in front of VMRBI Base.
The 16m houseboat’s anchor still did not hold in the windy conditions, so it was repositioned on to the VMRBI Base pontoon overnight. Bribie Two can be seen returning at 7 am Friday morning (15th Feb) from an assist to a 9m Flybridge Cruiser which had snapped its 20mm rope at Kakadu Beach
Busy time for VMRBI due to strong winds, with a houseboat dragging its anchor several times, a catamaran with a rudder problem towed to the Bongaree Jetty and the above cruiser dragged its anchor ending up high & dry on Bellara beach.
Coxswain Ian Grimes demonstrates one of the mystery knots featured on our facebook site (Portuguese Bowline).
ASSIST AT OUTER FREEMAN CHANNEL
Thursday 14th Feb 2019 Assistance to a 16m catamaran with a broken rudder was requested by VKR. At 1426pm Bribie One left the base pontoon and by 1533pm had the vessel under tow. By this stage, it had drifted nearer Comboyuro Point, Moreton Island with 5+ metre seas.
Skippers Ian and Bob and crew members Alan and Phil managed to bring the boat into Pumicestone Passage and with the help of Bribie 2 (who was also out on an assist with a houseboat ) managed to secure the vessel to Bongaree Jetty with Bribie 2 pushing the bow and the stern with Bribie 1 holding the tow.
There was as a third crew called out to help with making the boats safe on the pontoons and to assist the other 2 crews where needed. The stricken catamaran was a difficult tow in the conditions as the wind and sea would often have it at a right angle to the direction of towing.
The stricken catamaran was a difficult tow in the conditions as the wind and sea would often have it at a right angle to the direction of towing.
ASSISTS IN WINDY CONDITIONS
Saturday 16.02.2019. 7 am the first call came in about an inflatable tender near Bongaree, it was hitting the rocks, so Jonkers Bribie 3 was sent out to investigate, the water police were informed and took over the job. Then the 16m houseboat on our pontoon was moved to Spinnaker Marina across the passage. Bribie 2 was at the front towing the houseboat slow and steady and Bribie 1 was guiding from behind due to the very windy conditions.
Crew Karen Darlington diligently watches the houseboat during the tow.
Own a Boat?
You can join VMR Bribie Island online at https://www.vmrbribie.com/, phone (07) 3408 7596 or call in person at Marine Parade Bellara, benefits include:
• breakdown assistance.
• vessel & contact details recorded in our database in case of emergency,
• access to first aid, radio, and navigation courses plus safety and general boating information sessions;
• regular social events;
• reimbursement up to a $100/per year for tows by other VMR or Coastguard units; and
• overnight/weekend secure car & trailer parking at the base.