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Our vessel PS30 responded and supported WP24 - PS30 has just returned safely to its dock.

Breaking news.

Fishing vessel sinks after striking rocks at Cabbage Tree Island off Port Stephens. Six people who were on board have been picked up by a police launch. Mayday call was received by ... See more

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Port Stephens 31 (John Thompson) has now been in the water for 12 months. Time to lift her out for a clean, antifoul and general inspection.
We were pleasantly surprised to see how clean the ... See more

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Insight into Marine Rescue operations | PHOTOS, VIDEOS

Whilst this article is about our colleges at Marine Rescue Merimbula, It gives a great insight to the hard work, high level of training and critical role our volunteers at Marine Rescue Port Stephens ... See more

In a stroke of good luck, I was invited to see first hand how Water Police, Marine Rescue, Maritime and the Westpac Helicopter conduct rescue operations.

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Saturday - after a very heavy training day for our boat crew, just as PS31 was returning to the dock Marine Rescue Port Stephens was tasked by the Water Police to assist a vessel in trouble near boat ... See more

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MINISTER INSPECTS MARINE RESCUE PORT STEPHENS
During the week the Hon. Troy Grant MP, Minister for Police and Emergency Services inspected the Marine Rescue facilities at Nelson Head as part of his ... See more

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2 weeks ago
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Two of the lucky winners in the $229,600 Marine Rescue NSW Art Union were presented with their prizes today.

Commissioner Stacey Tannos had the happy job of meeting the winners at MRNSW Headquarters ... See more

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Dolphin Census June 4 Port Stephens.
Marine Rescue Port Stephens was pleased to be asked to assist in the Dolphin Census again this year. Codi-K II and her crew surveyed the area Swan Bay to Oyster ... See more

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Port Stephens Marine Rescue Volunteers know better than most that they are often called out in poor weather conditions - that's why we train - rain, hail or shine. This weekend's weather for some has ... See more

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Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Marine Rescue NSW Art Union. MRNSW Commissioner Stacey Tannos and NSW Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons supervised the electronic draw and ... See more

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Happy Birthday to PS31 (John Thompson). She is 1 year old today - launched in Taree 27/5/16. During the first year this vessel has been involved in many rescues and has definitely saved a number of ... See more

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Visit by NSW Emergency Services Minister

7 June 2017
NSW Minister for Emergency Services, The Honourable Troy Grant, visited MRPS on 7 June 2017. He was welcomed by Unit Commander, Lee Uebergang and Deputy Unit Commander, Neil Hansford, along with a contingent of members who operate all facets of the base, including the radio communications centre, the rescue boats, the lighthouse and cottage and the gift shop.

Following a brief explanation of what the base does, and how it works, the Minister toured around, looking at various facets of the organisation.

Unit Commander, Lee Uebergang, welcomes the Minister, Troy Grant.
Unit Commander, Lee Uebergang, welcomes the Minister, Troy Grant.

IMG_8267First port of call for the Minister was the gift shop, where he bought some mementoes of his visit.

After that came a tour of the radio communications centre, where he was shown around by the Manager, Mike Grover.

Then on to a tour of the Lighthouse and Cottage where the Minister looked at the site of many weddings held at the base.

Finally, over breakfast, the Minister chatted with several members, specifically speaking to Laurie Nolan, the recipient of the first Commissioner's Medal for Valour.

Communication Centre Manager, Mike Grover, showed the Minister the operation of the radio communication centre
Communication Centre Manager, Mike Grover, showed the Minister the operation of the radio communication centre
Minister Grant in the Lighthouse with Peter Fitzsimons (L) and Kevin Griffey, chair of the Lighthouse Trust
Minister Grant in the Lighthouse with Peter Fitzsimons (L) and Kevin Griffey, chair of the Lighthouse Trust
At the site of many a wedding, Minister Grant looked over the Port, and the exterior of the Lighthouse
At the site of many a wedding, Minister Grant looked over the Port, and the exterior of the Lighthouse
Minister Grant congratulates first recipient of the Commissioner's Medal of Valour, Laurie Nolan
Minister Grant congratulates first recipient of the Commissioner's Medal of Valour, Laurie Nolan

2017 Art Union Winners

1 June 2017

art_union_boatThe 2017 Marine Rescue NSW Art Union was drawn on May 30.

The total prize package, worth $229,600 included a 4WD and fishing boat, jet skis, premium football tickets and luxury travel.

 

 

The winners are
1st: Ticket Number 187374 sold by Marine Rescue Ulladulla
2nd: Ticket Number 187552 sold by Marine Rescue Kioloa
3rd: Ticket Number 88594 sold by Marine Rescue Iluka Yamba
4th: Ticket Number 308421 sold by Marine Rescue Cottage Point
5th: Ticket Number 12244 sold by Marine Rescue Batemans Bay
6th: Ticket Number 14445 sold by Marine Rescue Kioloa

Bonus Prize Winners:

  • Northern Rivers – Ticket Number 66518sold by Marine Rescue Ballina
  • Mid North Coast – Ticket Number 233605sold by Marine Rescue Camden Haven
  • Hunter / Central Coast – Ticket Number 258031sold by Marine Rescue Lemon Tree Passage
  • Greater Sydney – Ticket Number 29794sold by Marine Rescue Terrey Hills
  • Illawarra – Ticket Number 82821sold by Marine Rescue Ulladulla
  • Monaro – Ticket Number 115440sold by Marine Rescue Merimbula

The draw, conducted by MRNSW Commissioner Stacey Tannos and NSW Rural Fire Service Shane Fitzsimmons, took place at MRNSW Headquarters at Cronulla. All proceeds go to Marine Rescue units.


MRPS Collection Boxes

30 May 2017

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Many of you see our Marine Rescue Port Stephens collection boxes in your daily travels about the Bay.

At the request of a number of generous merchants who put our collection boxes on their counters we have produced a card that sits behind the collection box to tell people putting notes and coins in the collection boxes how many rescues and assists we carry out.

We are already getting great comments from people who now understand more of the vital service we perform.

 


New rescue boat launched

23 May 2017

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One year ago today, the John Thompson (otherwise known as PS31) was launched in Taree. Since then she has been active on the water, performing many rescues and  providing excellent training.

She is fitted with the very latest in navigation and rescue equipment, soon to be increased even further with the grant from the State Government for purchasing first aid gear.

 

 

 

 

 


MRPS receives funding boost

20 May 2017

Scot MacDonald, MLC, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, visited the dock where PS31 and PS30 are moored to present grants worth a total of over $12,000 to purchase new first aid equipment for use on our rescue vessels, and to run recruitment advertising for new members.

MRPS News

Parliamentary Secretary's Media Release



Nelson Bay Bowling Club

9 May 2017

Nelson Bay Bowling Club Logo-221x150Be there for the seafood raffle on Saturday 9 June. The Club is donating all proceeds from the raffle to Marine Rescue Port Stephens.

Be there and buy tickets to support Marine Rescue.


Sunday Telegraph features Marine Rescue and member, Laurie Nolan.

30 April 2017 (extract from story)

“Earlier this year volunteer, Laurie Nolan was the first to be honoured with the highest award for bravery in the line of duty for saving the lives of two crewmates during a wild storm that smashed the coast.

Laurie Nolan and Stacey Tannous_opt"Port Stephens volunteers were run ragged as they responded to mayday calls day and night from yachts caught in 50 knot (92 kph) wands and six-metre seas. During one ill-fated recovery mission, three freak waves knocked a 32-tonne rescue vessel on its side, pinning crew member Mr. Nolan, 67, to the deck and injuring others.

Once the boat righted itself, Mr. Nolan whisked one crewman with a dislocated shoulder into the safety of the cabin before cutting another loose from 30m of rope.

Mr Nolan’s selflessness was described as ”the finest demonstration of mateship and the Australian volunteer movement”


Bunnings Barbecues

9 May 2017

On three Sundays in September, October and November, Marine Rescue Port Stephens will be operating the sausage sizzle, kindly provided by your headquarters for hardware and gardening needs, Bunnings.

You will be able to see our rescue crews in new roles as barbecue cooks!