VMR Whitsunday's boat has broken down, leaving rescue capabilities diminished.
VMR Whitsunday's boat has broken down, leaving rescue capabilities diminished. Contributed

Boaties beware: VMR Whitsunday out of action for now

VOLUNTEER Marine Rescue Whitsunday's boat has broken down, leaving rescues out of the question and boaties at greater risk.

The rescue organisation's hard luck story was shared on its Facebook page on Wednesday as a warning.

"Our Rescue vessel, VMR1, is broken,” the post reads.

"Even with our meticulous maintenance schedule, unfortunately these things happen. And it couldn't have happened at a worse time of year, with mechanics away on leave and parts suppliers closed down for the Christmas/New Year break.

"We cannot expect any repairs to be completed until at least January 3, so in the meantime, we are unable to go out on any rescues. So please take extra care that you will not require our services.”

Thankfully, a couple of organisations have stepped forward to help in some capacity.

"Our hard luck story about our broken down VMR1 has resulted in a couple of organisations contacting us to offer their services in case someone needs help,” VMR's post reads.

"So if do need assistance, please contact us and we will arrange a suitable service to come and help. However, please understand that all will charge an hourly rate, so if you are eligible for a free tow as part of your VMR membership, this will not apply.

"You will have to pay. But at least you will not be stranded.”

Mackay region still has VMR capabilities available, with Mackay VMR operating out of Mackay Marina.


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