QF24 Thirsty Sound

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Thirsty Sound
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QF24 Thirsty Sound Coast Guard
Banksia Road,
Stanage QLD 4702

5 Aldridge Avenue,
Queensland 4701

Phone: (07) 4937 3155
Fax: (07) 4937 3154
After Hours: (07) 4937 3067

Opening hours / Radio Monitoring Hours
  • 0630 hrs - 2130 hrs seven days a week.
  • Monitoring of the VHF Ch 16 Emergency Channel only, is carried out outside of these times.
call sign
  • VMR242 or Coast Guard Thirsty Sound
Radio Frequencies Monitored
  • VHF Channels 16 and Repeater Channel 81 and Channel 83.
  • Also monitoring of VHF Ship to Shore Ch 79.
  • Thirsty Sound Rescue: 9.6m Nustar Fibreglass Power Cat powered by twin 260 hp Cummins Diesel inboards.
  • Thirsty Sound Rescue 2: 5.8m Swift RIHB powered by a 140 hp 4stroke outboard.
  • Nissan Navara 4x4 utility (2006 model)
  • 4x4 Ford TW25 tractor


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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