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  • Volunteers welcome commissioning of new $300,000 rescue boat
  • May 01, 2017
Search and rescue resources in the Shoalhaven have been boosted with a new $300,000 Marine Rescue NSW vessel commissioned today.

Marine Rescue NSW Commissioner Stacey Tannos and Director Bill Carter joined volunteers from Marine Rescue Shoalhaven at Greenwell Point for the commissioning ceremony to officially welcome Shoalhaven 20 to the fleet.

Commissioner Tannos said the new 7.5m Ocean Cylinder vessel strengthened the capability of volunteers operating on the Illawarra region’s waterways.

“This is one of 72 new and refurbished vessels we have delivered to units, at a cost of more than $17.6 million, under our Fleet Modernisation Program,” he said.

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

The state-of-the-art vessel is a sister boat to others recently delivered to the Jervis Bay, Batemans Bay and Ulladulla units, all built by Northern NSW firm Yamba Welding and Engineering.

Over the peak summer boating season, members of the Shoalhaven unit responded to 20 incidents on the water, including 15 life-threatening emergencies.

“The boaters caught in these incidents were fortunate that professionally trained and equipped volunteers were keeping watch over their local waters.

The 93 members of the unit deserve our thanks and praise,” Commissioner Tannos said.

He 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.

“The funding we receive, through a direct government grant and the levy on recreational boat licences and registrations, is vital to our operations, including upgrading our rescue fleet,” he said.

Commissioner Tannos acknowledged the Shoalhaven volunteers’ tremendous effort in raising $33,000 towards the cost of the new boat and thanked the region’s residents and visitors for their generous support for the unit.

Shoalhaven 20 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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