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Volunteer Marine Rescue Southport ( VMR ) is the only 24 hour / 7 day Marine Rescue Squadron in the Gold Coast area. The members of this Organisation contribute approximately 70,000 unpaid man hours annually.

We provide a continual safety listening watch on all emergency and general marine radio frequencies, providing mariners with up to date weather and tidal information, boating safety information and a vessel logging service, registering details of their voyages. VMR Southport also assists the Qld Water Police with marine search and rescue, and the Qld Ambulance Service with transport of Emergency Paramedics to marine medical activations and as part of our role in the Community First Responder Program. We also assist the boating public with towing of broken down vessels, battery jump starts, pump outs of sinking vessels and the ungrounding of vessels. VMR Southport undertakes in excess of 850 marine rescue activations annually.

VMR Southport has an operational area ranging from Point Danger on the QLD / NSW border through to Jumpinpin ( Southern Moreton Bay ) in the north. This includes the myriad of canals, inlets, and tributaries of the Gold Coast Broadwater and Nerang and Coomera Rivers. This area extends 30 nautical miles seaward of the coastline. In marine search and rescue events this area can be extended.

VMR Southport members are very active in fundraising and attend Boatshows and community events, sell raffle tickets in shopping centres and tin rattle seeking donations in pubs and clubs. Operating expense of this Organisation exceed $400,000 per annum.

The members of VMR Southport are very proud of their Organisation and the benefit it provides to the community.

Are donations tax deductible? Yes – All donations over $2 are tax deductable.

Will I receive a receipt for my donation?
Yes, immediately sent to you by email when approved.


GOLD COAST | Your Marine Getaway


Volunteer Marine Rescue Southport has been assisting troubled mariners in the Gold Coast region for nearly 50 years, providing assistance in both Search and Rescue operations and routine breakdown situations.

Based on the Southport Spit, on Queensland’s fabulous Gold Coast, VMR Southport is manned 24hours / 7 days a week, and with in excess of 900 Rescue and 500 training activations per annum, makes it the busiest Volunteer Marine Rescue Squadron in Australia.

With 4 modern, fully equipped, specialised Rescue vessels, operated by highly trained crew, VMR Southport offers a membership that is a must have cover, offering peace of mind and security whilst on the water. Check out the Membership Benefits page and sign up today.

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Monday night call out crew assisting a vessel in the heart of paradise (Surfers Paradise). ... See MoreSee Less

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Green Crew conducting the vessel checklists on this windy stormy Friday night, as all crews do when starting their 24hr shift ... See MoreSee Less

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At VMR Southport, we are always looking at improvements to our Search and Recovery procedures - perhaps this is a solution to the numerous Jet Skis that get trapped on sand banks:https://youtu.be/xzx08w67Q88 ... See MoreSee Less

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