Edithburgh Flotilla: VMR 516
Call sign: “Sea Rescue Edithburgh”
After a number of years as a community-based sea rescue group, the Edithburgh Flotilla was formally recognised in 2001 as a member of the SA Sea Rescue Squadron. Edithburgh Flotilla’s area of operations extends from Stansbury on the central east coast of Yorke Peninsula to the south west tip of Yorke Peninsula, Cape Spencer west of Marion Bay.
Our members are all highly trained and experienced volunteers and are on call 24/7 to help save lives at sea. Every weekend and public holiday we provide radio monitoring services from our base located at the busy Edithburgh boat ramp as well as a 24/7 service from a volunteer’s home radio base.
Being part of our local community is important to us and we like to get involved by not only providing a search and rescue service, but assisting in local events as well as conducting training courses in radio and seamanship for our community members.We are very grateful for the support provided to us by our community.
Just another day at the office !
On a very windy Monday, the 9th March at 1200hrs , we were called to assist a yacht in trouble in Foul Bay south west of Edithburgh. Brian Klingberg, Mick Lovelock, Frank Kerr and Peter Hancock immediately prepared the vessel and launched at the ramp at 1330hrs. With 20 to 25 knot winds blowing from the south east and producing 2 to 2.5m seas, SR 06 and crew arrived at the stricken vessel at 1550 hrs. The vessel was then taken under tow in dangerous conditions and taken back to Edithburgh, arriving 6hrs later at 2130hrs, what an effort! Well done to the crew and to Jan Klingberg who monitored the radio during the call out.
No wonder we are proud to belong!
Weekends and public holidays: 0800 hours until 1700 hours during central standard time.
Daylight savings time: 0800 hrs until 1800 hours
We monitor the following radio frequencies 24/7:
VHF channel 16, 21 and 80
27 MHz channel 88