Operational Plan & Safety Management Plan
Operational Plan will be updated close to the Rowathon Day
RFDS Operation Pelican Inc. Flying Doctor Rowathon
September 10, 2022
The aim of this event is to ensure the safe, enjoyable and environmentally responsible behaviour of all waterborne personnel involved with the Rowing Marathon.
St John’s Ambulance Mildura
R.F.D.S Operation Pelican Inc
Wentworth District Rowing Club
There will be a number of Support Vehicles following the crews with UHF Radios and also Mobile Phones.
Program for the day
Date: 10th September, 2022
Starting Time: 7.00am
Starting Location: Apex Park, Mildura
Crews will start from Apex Park, Mildura and row downstream to Coomealla Golf Club landing for morning tea, then row down the Murray and up the Darling River to Wentworth District Rowing Club for a lunch stop. Following lunch, crews will row up the Darling River to the 8Km sign, turn and row back to WDRC and finish. Five motor boats will follow groups of crews as they row the course as support.
Finishing Location: Wentworth District Rowing Club
R.F.D.S. Operation Pelican Inc. will record crews departing at the start, and will also check boats in and out at morning tea, lunch, and also at the finish line.
The RFDS Operation Pelican committee will coordinate:
Ø Support Crew Responsibility
Ø Mildura St John’s Ambulance first aid will be stationed on the river to access Ambulance and other necessary support crews – St John’s Ambulance
contact is Renee 0408 101 881
All communications to ambulance and police will be managed by St John’s Ambulance
Wentworth District Rowing Club – 5 power boats, 1/2 people per boat
We expect to have approx. 26 rowing boats and will start boats at approx 30 second intervals with a 1 minute gap after each 5 boats and our aim is for each group of 5 boats to have a support boat and to monitor each other’s progress. All coxes will have a copy of the relevant Murray and Darling River Charts to guide them along the rivers. They will also be briefed before the start to ensure all understand the safety plan including communication and emergency access points.
SAFETY ACCESS POINTS FOR TRANSPORT
Wentworth Ambulance will have details of the rowing course and they are aware of access points along both rivers.
Ranfurly Way Mildura
Red Gum Track – various access points Merbein
Silver City Hwy Curlwaa
Laza Way House Boats Coomealla
Coomealla Golf Club Coomealla
Wentworth Rowing Club Wentworth
Sturt Hwy Wentworth
Organisers, Support Crews, On Land and Participants on the River will have Radio and mobile phone communication for the Entire Course.
For help call St John’s Ambulance – Renee 0408 101 881
Any Further Information Please contact Sam Cross on 0408 596 390 or Bob Symons on 0412 256 344
Any Further Information please contact Sam Cross on 0408 596 390 or
Bob Symons on 0412 256 344
SAFETY MANAGEMENT PLAN
The document below has the RFDS Operation Pelican Inc. Safety Management Plan in the format as issued by Rowing Victoria. This was updated in August 2022.