Thirteen activations for VMR in August

MARINE Rescue Hervey Bay had a quiet August, with a total 13 activations happening through the month.

That included included four for breakdowns or groundings, two urgent assists for Police and three medical evacuations from Fraser Island.

Marine Rescue Hervey Bay vice commodore Jill Barclays said iconic Hervey Bay events added an extra element to the operation.

"We also acted as a safety vessel for a number of local events, including the Blessing of the Fleet, the Paddle Out for the Whales and Outrigger champs," she said.

"Something a little different was the use of the vessel by the Australian Bureau of Statistics to deliver census forms to boaties out on the water on Tuesday 9 August."

A total of 18 people were assisted by Marine Rescue Hervey Bay through August, with the radio room receiving 1846 radio calls and speaking to 416 vessels.

With the upcoming September school holidays, there could be extra boaties on the water. 

Marine Rescue Hervey Bay offers a one month Visitor Membership which provides for one free tow, up to a maximum of $200 worth of fuel.  

"Remember, if you haven't used your boat for a while, it's a good idea to carry out basic maintenance checks before going out on the water - batteries, fuel, radio, connections and fittings," Ms Barclay said. 

"Also check safety gear - enough PFDs or lifejackets for all on board and in the appropriate sizes. 

"Flares and EPIRB etc - are they in date. 

"Check the weather forecast before you go out and for your added safety when on the water, log on with Marine Rescue Hervey Bay when you go out - VHF channels 73, 22 or 67 or 27.91MHz, or call on 4128 9666.

With whale season happening now, Ms Barclay respecting the rules was important for everyone's well being.

"Please stop at least 100 metres away from any whales, 300 metres for jetskis," she said. 

"Do not chase whales or approach them from directly in front or behind. 

"Whales are very curious and may come up to your vessel, just sit and watch and enjoy their majesty."