Coast Watch, Ocean Grove, Victoria
Radio and Marine Rescue Squad Inc.
In an Emergency Phone 000
Coast Watch Radio and Marine Rescue Squad is a group of volunteers who respond to calls for rescues mainly in the area from The Rip to Torquay but anywhere that we are called to help.
Over the 40 years Coast Watch Radio and Marine Rescue Squad have been operating there have been many changes. Initially it was started in 1975 by a group of professional fishermen and abalone divers for the purpose of assisting each other while at sea. In years past marine radios had to be registered and Coast Watch Radio and Marine Rescue Squad collected these fees and allocated a registered call sign which was then registered with the department of Communications. This then allowed operators to facilitate the use of Coast Watch Radio and Marine Rescue Squad base radio stations that operated around our coastal region.
Membership of Coast Watch Radio and Marine Rescue Squad had a membership in excess of 500 members. With the advent of mobile phones the need for marine radios has dropped and now the club has a small group of dedicated volunteers who pride themselves on there ability to quickly respond to an emergency.
Apart from Government assistance in buying our boat 5 years ago and a grant from the Department of Transport to assist in training 2 of our members, the club is self funding.
Crayfish raffles have been held over the years and recently the club has been doing BBQs at Bunnings Torquay.
Over the 40 years that Coast Watch Radio and Marine Rescue Squad has been operating, there have been many rescues and lives saved. Motor failures, capsize, fire and searches for bodies are some of the calls received. The knowledge that our members have of the River at Barwon Heads and the entrance to the open sea allow them to do rescues safely in heavy seas.