Boaties urged to use VMR



POINT Danger Volunteer Marine Rescue (VMR) members have urged boaties to consider "location, location, location" when heading out to sea this summer, following a rescue off Cook Island earlier in the week.

The members have urged boaties to sign on and off and give trip details when heading out over the Tweed Bar to increase water safety.

The local crew was called to a boat that overturned off Cook Island on Monday but had trouble rescuing the owner after he and a friend sought safety on Cook Island.

The boat's radio and safety equipment was submerged and the men could not alert the VMR to their presence.

VMR skipper Bill Kwake said it showed the importance of logging on and off with the VMR.

"If you tell us when you are due back and you are not back in time we can call you on the radio or start a search," he said.

VMR spokesperson John Gnech said boaties could get important safety information such as logging on, by joining their Mariners Club.

"They can get free towing, navigation courses and safety information," he said.

Mariners Club memberships are on special during November, costing $55 for two years membership.



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