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  • MRNSW recipients of 2018 Queens Birthday Emergency Services Medal
  • June 15, 2018

Congratulations to Mick Kelly and Peter May, Marine Rescue NSW recipients of the Emergency Services Medal in the Queen’s Birthday 2018 Honours List.

Mr Kelly has been actively involved with Marine Rescue Batemans Bay, and its predecessor The Royal Volunteer Coastal Patrol, for 20 years. He has progressed through the ranks of both organisations to become an active and competent Marine Rescue Coxswain/Master, taking boats to sea on many hazardous rescues both in daylight and at night.

He has also been heavily involved in search and rescue activities. He has acted in the role of on-scene-Co-ordinator (OSC) on several occasions and has also enthusiastically embraced the role of Deputy Unit Commander.

As Unit Operations Manager he is responsible for the control, deployment, care and maintenance of the Unit's three rescue vessels. He played a part in the selection of the fleet for Batemans Bay.

He has made a wider contribution to training whereby he successfully completed training induction programs for surrounding Units within the region as MRNSW progressed with its fleet modernisation program. Additionally his assistance to other volunteers with navigational training is legendary, and he continues to mentor and provide professional development to current Coxswains and Masters.

Mr Kelly's dedication to MRNSW and to the boating public, makes him a highly valued member of New South Wales emergency services.

Mr May has been actively involved with MRNSW at Shellharbour, and its predecessor, the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association, for over 24 years. As a Master Coxswain he is one of the Unit's more experienced rescue crew members, and he has taken part in numerous search and rescue operations over the years, often in extremely hazardous conditions, to return boaters at-risk to safety. He has saved many lives on water through his own operational skill and experience garnered from his long dedicated service.

His innovative approaches and operational experience has also seen him act as local On-Water Coordinator for several Sydney to Hobart Yacht Races.

He has made major contributions to training for the Unit, the wider MRNSW organisation, and the boating community. He has represented the Shellharbour Unit at state and national levels on the Coast Guard National Training Review and Advisory Committee, contributing to the development of training modules, materials and procedures to ensure crews are skilled and equipped to the highest standards. He has been a senior trainer for all the Marine Rescue Units in the Illawarra region for many years.

As a Deputy Unit Commander, he also plays a vital role in the management of the Unit, and has built and maintained strong working relationships with a variety of stakeholders across the emergency services sector and the community of the Illawarra.

Mr May's dedication to MRNSW, and to the boating public, makes him a highly valued member of New South Wales emergency services.


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