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New South Wales Marine Rescue (Australia)

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[NSW marine rescue flag] image by Jonathan Dixon, 26 April 2012

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The new NSW Marine Rescue organisation went operational on New Years Day 2010. It is a merging of three voluntary marine rescue organisations under NSW State Government initiative. They have an ensign that is a cross between a coast-guard flag and the White Ensign. Its appearance is more that of a national flag than a specifically NSW one. Queensland has a similar organisation but I don't know what, if any, ensign they use.
Jeff Thomson, 23 April 2012

A description of Marine Rescue NSW is given at their website. They were formed from NSW units of the Royal Volunteer Coastal Patrol, the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association, and some the Volunteer Rescue Association's marine fleet. They provide emergency response, safety education and license course, and radio coverage.

The logo is reminiscent of the Coast Guard. A yellow fouled anchor appears against a background split as a wave white above blue, with a single blue wavy line at the left splitting to three by the right edge. In the upper left is a blue southern cross. Around all of this is a white annulus bounded inside by a thin blue circle and outside by a blue rope, bearing the words "MARINE RESCUE" (top) "NEW SOUTH WALES" (smaller, bottom).

The flag is white, bearing a blue southern cross as in the national flag towards the fly, although closer to the hoist than it is in the national flag. A thick red diagonal band and a thinner parallel one stretch from the top at the hoist to the bottom, ending roughly halfway along the bottom. On the thicker band is a white disc bearing the logo.

A photo of a new flag is found on p21 of the March 2011 edition of Soundings, Marine Rescue's quarterly journal (12 MB).
Jonathan Dixon, 26 April 2012