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Hero Firies Leave Heartbreaking Apology Note To Man Who Lost His House

Heroic firefighters battling a horrific bushfire in Mallacoota left one local a note, apologising they couldn't save everything.

Kevin Clarke shared a picture of a hand-written note left on his car from firefighters after the blaze swept through the Victorian town on Tuesday.

"Sorry that we could only save this car and your boat," it read.

The note was pinned under the windshield wiper of what appeared to be a vintage car, and a large boat was seen in the background of the shot.

Mr Clarke said he wanted the pictures seen to show how dedicated the fire brigade was.

"They try to save everything they can," he wrote in a Facebook post.

A supplied image shows a red sky as bushfires approached Mallacoota in East Gippsland on Tuesday. Image: Supplied via AAP

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Military personnel will today try to rescue 500 people from the town by sea, after they became trapped on the shore by bushfires burning across Victoria's Gippsland region.

Two navy vessels were headed for the coastal town on Thursday morning, with defence personnel seen scouting for a place for larger ships to dock.

Bushfires have trapped holidaymakers and locals stuck in isolated towns across the Victorian coast.

Three military helicopters, two ambulance choppers, and a cargo plane were on stand-by at an airbase in East Sale.

The HMAS Choules and MV Sycamore, a defence contracted training vessel, left Sydney on Wednesday for Victoria.

Those same ships are expected to help with rescue operations along the NSW south coast.