CALL US: A boat submerged off Miall Island in June 2012 during a camping trip. Yeppoon Coast Guard assisted the owner to raise the vessel.
CALL US: A boat submerged off Miall Island in June 2012 during a camping trip. Yeppoon Coast Guard assisted the owner to raise the vessel. FILE

Boaties urged to log trip with Coast Guard after Friday SOS

BOAT operators are being asked to heed a simple but vital coast guard message: "Let us know before you go".

After an incident on Friday afternoon, Yeppoon Coast Guard Flotilla wants boat owners to make regular use of their VHF radios so they are prepared when an emergency occurs.

"Boat owners should ensure that their radio is in working order and they are familiar with the procedures to call for help," commander of Yeppoon Coast Guard Arthur Hunt said.

"Do not treat the radio as equipment for emergency use only.

"The easiest way for boat owners to do this is to call the coast guard on VHF Channel 21 to register their trip plan before they leave the harbour.

At 4.48pm on Friday afternoon, Yeppoon Coast Guard received an incomplete mayday call on VHF Channel 16, but the caller did not identify the vessel or the location or the type of emergency.

"The coast guard radio operators spent the next hour trying to contact every vessel known to be in Capricornia waters to attempt to identify the vessel in distress.

"At 5.40pm the boat owner, who had not lodged a trip plan, called coast guard by phone and reported that he had hit a floating tree at speed in the vicinity of Barren Island, but that the boat was still afloat and the engine was operating at reduced power.

"Eventually, at 6.42pm the boat reached Rosslyn Bay Harbour safely."

The Yeppoon Coast Guard is conducting a radio licence course on Saturday, March 2.

Call 4933 6600 to register for the course which costs $120, or $110 for members of the Supporters Club.



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