SLSWA’s Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopters (WLRH’s) play a crucial role in coastal safety and identifying emergencies. Manned by paid and volunteer personnel, the highly-trained crews are on the lookout for people in distress.
This includes locating rip currents and incidents on beaches, as well as identifying risks from marine life, including sharks. The services are also regularly tasked with assisting Water Police and other agencies in search and rescue activities.
SLSWA operates two helicopters – the Perth Metropolitan service, and the South West service.
The Perth service is based at Rous Head in Fremantle, performing coastal surveillance patrols and emergency response missions throughout the greater Perth metropolitan area; from Mandurah in the south to Yanchep in the north and around Rottnest Island. Our Perth-based service is operational from September to April each year.
The South West service, based out of the Busselton Regional Airport, operates from September to April each year with a focus on providing coastal surveillance patrols on weekends and holidays (public and school) over popular coastal destinations between Bunbury and Margaret River.
2018/19 Season – Service dates