Volunteer Marine Rescue organisations in South Australia provide a high quality volunteer emergency service along the vast coastline of the State and many miles of inland waterways and lakes. The primary role of the SES Marine Units is to provide a volunteer marine search and rescue service to vessels in distress or vessels that require emergency assistance.
Other important tasks include vessel recovery and retrieval, medevac and assisting the Police and other government agencies. Their rescue craft, crewed by specially trained volunteers, have been strategically positioned on the metropolitan and regional coastline and at locations along the River Murray and Lakes to enable an effective emergency response to a call for assistance.
The State Emergency Service work with the following Volunteer Marine Rescue organisations to provide a marine rescue service in South Australia:
SES Marine Rescue Units are situated at the following locations:
Blanchetown, Barmera, Berri, Loxton, Renmark and Murray Bridge.
Port Broughton and Yankalilla.
Port Broughton and Meningie.
Port Pirie, Port Lincoln, Tumby Bay, Ceduna and Kingston (SE).
In the West Coast Region, SES volunteers operate a number of limited coast marine radio stations, monitoring the marine distress frequencies.
Volunteers from all of the marine rescue organisations train on a regular basis to maintain the skills of members and to train new volunteer members. The volunteer rescue service is provided 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. To join a Marine Rescue SES Unit or for further information fill in an expression of interest form and select the box to indicate that you are interested in Marine Rescue. We will contact you with further information.