20 June 2019
There were around 50 volunteers attend two Marine Search and Rescue (MSAR) scenarios at Lake Nagambie on the weekend, co-ordinated by VICSES, Victoria Water Police and EMV’s Marine Search and Rescue Office.
The scenarios were designed to provide boat crews with simulated exercises to practise their responses to marine emergencies. One scenario included a search for missing kayakers, while one had individuals looking for evidence relating to a downed aircraft.
Vessels and crews from Victoria State Emergency Service's Central and North East regions, Shepparton Search and Rescue Squad and Lake Eppalock Coast Guard joined together to undertake the scenarios.
Search vessels were joined by Victoria Police airwing who assisted with aerial searches, often locating items of interest or the missing persons, directing search vessels to those locations by use of inter-agency talk groups and overhead hand signals.
Feedback from participants highlighted the realism of the event through the use of multi-agency personnel and resources, and the positive approach by all involved.
Keep an eye out on the EMV’s MSAR page for more news and for information on training sessions coming up.
There will be a SAREX training exercise taking place in Port Fairy this weekend (Sunday 23 June).