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  • April 29, 2019

Boaters will be safer on Lake Macquarie and offshore with the addition of a new $300,000 fast response search and rescue vessel to the Marine Rescue NSW fleet, Member for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper said today.

Mr Piper joined MRNSW Deputy Commissioner Dean Storey and volunteers from Marine Rescue Lake Macquarie to commission Lake Macquarie 20 at the unit’s boat base on the Pelican waterfront.

Mr Piper said the vessel was a significant addition to the region’s rescue resources and capability, which would boost the safety of boaters on the popular local waterways.

“The NSW Government is proud to support the work of our professionally-trained Marine Rescue’s volunteers with this state-of-the-art, fully-equipped search and rescue vessel,” he said.

“This new asset will give the dedicated volunteers at Lake Macquarie extra operational versatility and comes on top of the State Government’s recent $37.6 million investment in the organisation – the biggest in its history.”

Lake Macquarie 20 is a 7.8-metre Sailfish catamaran based on the Lake Macquarie shore at Pelican. It can respond to emergencies on the lake and up to 15 nautical miles offshore, with a maximum crew of six.

Deputy Commissioner Storey said the new boat was among almost 90 new and refurbished rescue vessels delivered at a cost of almost $21 million under Marine Rescue NSW’s ongoing Fleet Modernisation Program.

“Lake Macquarie is one of the State’s largest and busiest waterways,” he said.

“The unit’s rescue crews responded to 120 emergencies over the peak summer boating season, helping to return hundreds of boaters safely to shore.”

Marine Rescue Lake Macquarie Unit Commander Malcolm Wardrop welcomed the new vessel.

“Lake Macquarie is a boating magnet for locals and visitors, so it’s fantastic to have a new boat equipped with search and rescue, navigation and advanced first aid equipment,” Mr Wardrop said.

“It’s fitting that LM 20 is named after our late Unit Commander Neil Grieves, who passed away last year after 36 years’ service.

“Neil loved boating, game fishing and helping keep boaters safe through his efforts as both a volunteer and operational staff member of MRNSW. He is sorely missed but  LM 20 will keep his memory alive on our waters.”


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