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  • New rescue boat delivered for busy summer on Jervis Bay
  • December 03, 2016

Members of Marine Rescue Jervis Bay have welcomed the commissioning of their new $300,000 rescue vessel ready for the peak summer boating season.

Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock joined volunteers from the unit, Gilmore MP Ann Sudmalis, Shoalhaven City Mayor Cr Amanda Findley and Cr Joanna Gash at the commissioning ceremony for the new vessel, Jervis Bay 20, this morning.

Marine Rescue NSW Commissioner Stacey Tannos, Chair Jim Glissan and Directors Pat Fayers and Roger Evans also attended, along with Mrs Sandra Walker, whose late husband Wayne was Unit Commander from 1999 to 2008.

The new boat is named Wayne Walker II in recognition of Mr Walker, who was instrumental in securing the unit’s major response vessel, Jervis Bay 40 (Colin Woods) and its second vessel, also named in his honour in 2014, which the new boat replaces.

Mrs Hancock said the new 7.5m Ocean Cylinder vessel was a valuable investment in the safety of the Marine Rescue Jervis Bay volunteers and the Illawarra’s large boating community, which would swell with visiting boaters over the coming holidays.

“The Jervis Bay volunteers stand ready to keep watch over the increased boating traffic on our local waterways over the coming summer months,” she said.

“The volunteers have spent the cooler months training and preparing for the peak season and the delivery of this new rescue vessel is a timely boost to their capability.

“This purpose-built state-of-the-art vessel is a sister boat to a new vessel at Batemans Bay to our south and together they have reinforced the marine search and rescue safety net covering the southern NSW coastline.

“So far this year, the volunteers from the Jervis Bay unit have performed 53 rescue operations, bringing 179 people home safely to their families. The 76 members of the unit deserve our thanks and praise.

“The State Government is proud to support the life-saving work of these emergency services volunteers, providing a total of $7.6 million to Marine Rescue NSW in 2015/16, through both a direct grant and a levy on recreational boating licences and registrations.”

Commissioner Tannos said the boat was the latest of 70 new and refurbished vessels delivered to date, at a cost of more than $16.5 million, under the MRNSW landmark Fleet Modernisation Program.

“This program is providing our members with safe, contemporary and reliable vessels. This is the greatest investment we can make in the safety of our volunteers and the boaters we assist,” he said.

Commissioner Tannos thanked the State Government and members of the boating community for their ongoing financial support for MRNSW volunteers’ work to save lives on the water.

MR Jervis Bay Unit Commander Kevin Hill said while Jervis Bay 20 would primarily be deployed to respond to incidents on the Bay, it also could operate up to 15 nautical miles offshore in support of the unit’s primary response vessel, Jervis Bay 40.

“This boat gives our crews valuable flexibility to respond to help boaters in areas not easily accessible by the larger JB 40, such as Currambene Creek,” he said.

“The boat is equipped with a suite of search and rescue, navigation and advanced first aid equipment, including a cardiac defibrillator and oxygen kit. It is powered by two 150HP Suzuki 4-stroke outboards, with a top speed of 35 knots.”

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