Volunteer Marine Rescue had a relatively quiet Christmas weekend.
Volunteer Marine Rescue had a relatively quiet Christmas weekend. Contributed

Boat sinking the major Christmas rescue for VMR Hervey Bay

VOLUNTEER Marine Rescue crew members spent their Christmas weekend rescuing campers after a boat partially sank off Fraser Island.

VMR acting commodore Jill Barclay said on Sunday crew collected the campers from Rooney's Point on the northern end of the island.

She said the boat was anchored off the island when it was swamped by water.

People were camping on the island when the boat was sunk.

They returned to the Urangan Marina on board the VMR vessel.

That mission was the biggest in what was a quiet weekend for the VMR crew.

A broken-down boat was towed from Moon Point back to the Urangan Marina.

About 1.30am on Monday VMR travelled to Kingfisher Bay Resort to evacuate a person suffering a medical condition.

The three volunteers who gave up their Christmas and Boxing Days to man the radio room of the VMR base were keeping an eye on boaties but there were no rescues.

VMR are urging boaties to keep their vessels in working order, recommending you check;

-The battery is holding charge
- Any corrosion on connections and fittings
-Check engines are working properly
-Replace fuel / fuel mixes if old and been sitting for a while
-Check you have enough fuel for your journey. Use the rule of thirds; one third out, one third back and one third in reserve.