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  • MRNSW vessel & base a $400,000 investment in Alpine Lakes boating safety
  • March 20, 2018

The official opening of the Marine Rescue Alpine Lakes base and commissioning of the unit’s new rescue vessel today underlines a $405,000 investment in boating safety in the high country.

The Marine Rescue NSW Board of Directors, Commissioner Stacey Tannos and Deputy Commissioner Dean Storey joined unit members, emergency services personnel and community representatives for the dual celebration.

Commissioner Tannos said the unit provided a dedicated emergency search and rescue service on the Alpine Lakes and played a vital safety role in large community events such as the annual Snowy Mountains Trout Festival.

He said Alpine Lakes 21, a robust $265,000 6.8m Ocean Cylinder Rigid-Hulled Inflatable Boat, was one of more than 80 new and refurbished vessels, worth more than $18 million, delivered to MRNSW units.

“This boat is well suited to the operating conditions on the Alpine Lakes,” he said.

“It combines confident handling and speed with the durability of puncture-proof foam-filled sponsons.

“It is also fitted with an array of search and rescue, navigation and advanced first aid equipment, significantly boosting the capability of the unit’s volunteers.”

Commissioner Tannos said the unit base at the Jindabyne Boat Ramp was built and fitted out at a cost of $140,000, including a $40,000 State Government Community Building Partnership Grant.

He thanked the NSW Government, members of the boating community and Snowy Mountains residents and visitors for their support for the vital work of MRNSW volunteers.

Unit Commander Les Threlfo said the new base provided the 38 unit members with a safe working environment and protection for their essential search and rescue equipment.

“This new boat is a great asset that will help us reach people more rapidly in the event of an emergency. Time is always of the essence on the lakes, given the high risk of hypothermia for anyone who falls overboard,” he said.

Mr Threlfo said the unit was always looking for new recruits.

“We have a great bunch of people who get a lot of satisfaction from giving something back to the community.”


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