The History of Dunedin Marine SAR
In September 1971, the Dunedin Police formed Dunedin Marine Search and Rescue to advise and assist them on all matters of inshore marine search and rescue. The organisation has always been forward thinking and in the late 1970s, recognised the need for a faster and efficient rescue system due to low water temperatures, changeable sea and weather conditions. The helicopter, with its versatility, was the obvious choice and helicopter scoop nets were purchased. Shortly after, alert pagers and portable radios were added.