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7 June 2018
When Betty* was enjoying an early morning fishing trip with her husband on the Tambo River, she had no idea her world was about to turn upside down – literally.
27 February 2018
In a recent incident, the use of a sliding buoy system to retrieve an anchor may have caused the capsize of a recreational boat.
4 January 2018
In October, a well-prepared paddler was undertaking his regular 4.5km commute home by sea-kayak from Stony Point to French Island when his vessel capsized.
25 October 2017
Over the past couple of months we've seen a number of boat fires and vessel disablements in Victoria.
7 September 2017
Earlier this month a young man tested his new kayak in what appeared to be calm conditions off Altona. He ended up in the water clinging to his vessel with no way to call for help.
2 August 2017
When it comes to navigation lights, many boaters are in the dark - which means they are at risk of a collision with another vessel.
30 June 2017
In May, a petrol-powered inboard open type boat exploded at the Mildura Marina with six people onboard, including a child.
8 June 2017
A 4.5m open boat capsized while traversing along the shore near a back beach of Point Nepean around noon on 14 May.
13 April 2017
A recent incident shows how quickly a situation can change, and how important it is to have your safety gear to hand.
1 February 2017
We are delighted to kick off 2017 with a very special Lessons Learnt. A family fishing trip went awry, but the well-prepared skipper was able to call for help and launch a speedy rescue.
8 November 2016
Three men went boating in Port Phillip Bay, but drowned after their boat capsized.
3 October 2016
Off-duty surf lifesaving club members come to the rescue of kayaking students and teachers at Anglesea beach after they drifted outside of the protection of the cliffs and were unable to paddle ashore against very strong winds.