Marine Emergency

South Australian State Emergency Service - For emergencies requiring a response call SA Police on 131 444 or 000 for life-threatening emergencies.


The South Australia Police (SAPOL) is responsible for sea search and rescue in the state and are supported by volunteer marine rescue groups and other South Australian Government agencies.

SAPOL Water Operations Unit personnel are trained in the latest technology for search and
rescue planning and have access to a state-wide database of appropriate resources and
information.

Police can assist you with any marine emergency or general enquiry, contact details are:

SA Police Water Operations
Telephone: (08) 8242 3466


Police attendance
Telephone: 131 444


Crime Stoppers
Telephone: 1800 333 000


For life-threatening emergencies
Telephone: 000

Environmental Protection Authority - The EPA is South Australia's independent environment protection regulator. They protect, restore and enhance the environment through the risk-based regulation of pollution, waste, noise and radiation. Please contact the EPA to report any marine spillages or environmental concerns.

Maritime Safety SA - For boating safety, compliance and boat license training.

VHF Marine Radio Maps- The maps and information on this page provide a snapshot of  the VHF radio channels and coverage for each region.

VHF Marine Radio Distress Calling - Marine Radio frequencies and calls to use in an emergency.

SA Boating Handbook Emergencies - This chapter discusses common emergency and first aid situations at sea, distress signals, and Australia’s search and rescue system. It also covers your obligations to respond to requests for assistance from other vessels – long-held tradition of the sea.