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The Australian Volunteer Coast Guard, Keppel Sands is staffed entirely by volunteers providing radio monitoring and a marine search and rescue service. In addition to some State Government funding, we raise our funds from interested members of the public including our Marine Assist Contributors, major sponsors and fund raising.


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Keppel Sands
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QF20 Keppel Sands Coast Guard
South Bluff Headland,
Keppel Sands QLD 4702

PO Box 2022,
Keppel Sands QLD 4702

Phone: (07) 4934 4906

Mobile: 0472 826 312

Alternate Mobile: 0419 654 199

Alternate Mobile: 0408 873 238

Opening hours / Radio Monitoring Hours
  • 06:00 to 18:00 Daily Tuesday to Thursday
  • Coast Guard Yeppoon will respond to any radio calls to Coast Guard Keppel Sands 06:00 - 18:00 all other days
call sign
  • VMR 471 Coast Guard Keppel Sands
Radio Frequencies Monitored
  • VHF 16, 21, 22
  • 27Mhz 86, 88
  • MF/HF 2182, 2524, 4125, 6215, 8291
  • CHSS Rescue 7.8m Cat twin 175hp O/b
  • CHSS 2 4.8m Pollycraft 70hp O/B
  • Landcruiser 4x4


Why should I contact Coast Guard?

  • For your own safety; to check your radio is working
  • To allow Coast Guard to keep a log of your boating activities in case of emergency
  • To ask for weather reports and Notices to Mariners including Shoalwater Bay closures
  • To ask for assistance in the unlikely – but possible – event of trouble.

Call VHF Ch 16 or call 000 or call 112

Cape Capricorn to Island Head Creek 0600 – 1800 daily

  • North of Emu Park – Call on VHF Ch 21
  • South of Emu Park – Call on VHF Ch 22
  • Fitzroy River -- Call on VHF Ch 22
  • 27 MHz radios are not recommended in Keppel Bay and Fitzroy River – numerous radio black spots
  • After Hours Call on VHF Ch 16 for all Emergencies and requests for assistance, Call 000 Emergencies only

North of Island Head Creek 0630 – 2130 daily

  • Call on VHF Ch 81 or Call on VHF Ch 83 (Percy Islands)
  • After Hours Call on VHF Ch 16 for all Emergencies and requests for assistance, Call 000 Emergencies only
  • WARNING: Mobile phone coverage north of Manifold Point is very limited

When do I call for assistance?

  • A breakdown where you cannot get back to shore unaided.
  • Medical assistance beyond your capability or knowledge

What is an emergency?

  • A breakdown where time is critical – sinking, sunset, drifting to rocks or danger, major medical problem

What do I say?

For Assistance

  • "PAN PAN   PAN PAN   PAN PAN Coast Guard (3 times) this is Boat Name (3 times) I need assistance - over."

For Emergency

  • "MAYDAY  MAYDAY  MAYDAY this is Boat Name (3 times) at (position) (Nature of distress) (x POB (persons on board) - over."
  • A Mayday can be given on any channel but VHF Ch 16 has the widest reception
  • Mayday is reserved for life-threatening emergencies

Weather Forecasts broadcast daily:

  • VHF Ch 21
  • 0720, 1210, 1705
  • VHF Ch 81(Thirsty Sound)
  • 0633, 1145, 1645

Never send critical messages or trip sheets via this contact form, these messages may not be read by our volunteers for several days to a week or more.
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