Port Fairy Marine Rescue is a volunteer group supported by the Port Fairy community. It is run by volunteers as a not-for-profit organization and relies on community support to maintain its operations.
The group operates a 6.5 metre stabicraft vessel “Capt. John Mills”, equipped to perform search and rescue operations in conjunction with other search and rescue groups.
It is affiliated with Surf Life Saving Victoria through the Port Fairy Surf Life Saving Club and provides an offshore and inland waters rescue service 24 hours, 7 days per week. Since inception in 2008, it has performed over 30 rescues at sea. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority and the Victorian Water Police monitor operations.
Port Fairy Marine Rescue has engaged in an intensive training program to qualify members in seamanship and radio communication necessary to carry out professional rescue operations. New members are welcome. Educations classes for recreational fishermen in sea safety and radio communication are also offered.
Port Fairy Marine Rescue radios, in conjunction with Coast Guard Portland and Coast Guard Warrnambool, monitor VHF marine radio emergency channels and HF marine emergency channels. Monitoring radio frequencies is subject to the availability of radio operators and therefore is not a 24-hour service. In an emergency always phone 000.
Channels monitored are: VHF 16, 67, 72 and repeater channels 80 Otway, 81 Portland, 27Mhz marine channels 88 and 86, and HF marine channels 2524 KHz and 4483 KHz.
Area contacts for maritime rescue are:
- Port Fairy Marine Rescue, call sign VNV428, Duty Officer phone 0429 201 153
- Portland Coast Guard, call sign VMR2233, Duty Officer phone 03 5523 6111
Warrnambool Coast Guard, Duty Officer phone 0409 961 488
For further information contact a committee member:
- President - Grant Bedwell 0458 201 587
- Vice President - Max Atkins 0412 380 300
- Secretary - Damien Hedger 0418 312 487
- Treasurer - Tony Goode 0427 723 575
- Duty Officer - phone 0429 201 153