VMR Bribie Island


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The LNP Candidate Fiona Gaske visited the base with the Shadow Minister for Police and Counter Terrorism Daniel Purdie on 30th June 2020. They had a good look around our amazing facilities including the vessels, they were most interested in what our squadron does and how we operate. Fiona later released the following statement:

“I’m pleased to announce with Dan Purdie MP – Member for Ninderry that if elected on October 31, the LNP will provide $30,000 for two new vessel moorings in our Pumicestone passage for the VMR and any other emergency services vessels to use in their operations. — at VMR Bribie Island”

A Big Thank You to all those boaties who braved the cold wind Saturday morning 4th July 2020 to come and join up with Volunteer Marine Rescue Bribie Island at our Bellara Boat Ramp Promotion. We signed up 25 new members, gave out some helpful hints on boating safety and Marine Radio operation. We recovered some out of date flares, helped numerous returning boats moor up at the ramp jetty so they could go and get their vehicles. We even had a visit from Dan from the Brisbane Water Police and of course Safety Dave The Frenchie kept an eye on everyone.

Fourteen water police and volunteer vessels searched the waters off Peel Island for the man who became separated from a group of three other vessels on Wednesday afternoon 8th July 2020.

Around 4pm the group of seven friends were kayaking from Peel Island back to North Stradbroke Island, having travelled the reverse direction earlier in the day. The worsening wind and current, increased the time for the journey and the group were separated around 5pm in the rain and failing light. One of the group contacted authorities and water police commenced a search at 5.20pm. Around 6.30pm, two kayaks with four people were located near Rainbow Passage. A third kayak with two people was located at 9pm near Amity Banks.

A single kayak was still outstanding with a 21-year- old Brisbane man, wearing a long sleeve shirt and red life jacket. He was in a blue “reflection” brand single seat kayak. Due to the weather, no air search has been conducted, however vessels continued to search through the night.

VMR Bribie was despatched at midnight to join the search for the missing Kayaker in Moreton Bay. After searching all night, the crew of Bribie 1 was relieved by a fresh crew transported from our base on our second vessel Bribie 2.

Unfortunately this story does not end well with the deceased kayaker found early in the morning. Our thoughts are with the Kayakers family and friends, and our thanks go to all the volunteers from VMR and Coastguard who joined the search through the night.