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News & Media

  • Marine Rescue NSW invests $211,000 in boating safety on the Hawkesbury
  • February 08, 2014

A new $211,000 offshore rescue vessel was officially commissioned on the Hawkesbury River today, boosting the emergency capability of Marine Rescue NSW (MRNSW) volunteers on one of the State’s busiest waterways.

Hawkesbury 22, named Jill McGrath, was commissioned at the Marine Rescue Hawkesbury rescue base at Mooney Mooney.

MRNSW Deputy Commissioner Dean Storey and Board Director Bob Wilson joined Member for Hornsby MP Matt Kean, Member for Gosford Chris Holstein, Hornsby Mayor Cr Steve Russell and volunteers from Marine Rescue Hawkesbury and other Sydney Marine Rescue units for the commissioning ceremony.

The 7.5m aluminium craft, built by Yamba Welding and Engineering, is the first Ocean Cylinder vessel to be introduced to the MRNSW fleet.

Deputy Commissioner Storey said it was an ideal rescue vessel for the operating area covered by Marine Rescue Hawkesbury.

“It has the confident handling characteristics and speed of a traditional Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat but with the toughness and durability of puncture-proof foam-filled aluminium sponsons,” he said.

“This makes the boat particularly well suited to operate along the oyster shell-encrusted rocky foreshores in many parts of the Hawkesbury.”

The boat is named in recognition of the late Jill McGrath, a foundation member of the unit, who served for 26 years from October 1985, when it was established as part of the former Royal Volunteer Coastal Patrol, until 2011, when the unit had become part of the new MRNSW.

Hawkesbury Unit Commander Merv Collins said the vessel had already shown its exceptional capabilities during its first outings at some of the major events on the Hawkesbury, for which the unit provides Safety and Event Control.

“Our annual calendar is a full one, with many day and night events including the Hawkesbury Canoe Classic and the Bridge-to-Bridge Water Ski and Power Boat races,” he said.

“With its advanced communications and navigation equipment, thermal vision camera and Automatic Identification System, the vessel has met every challenge we’ve given it.”

The unit regularly transports NSW Ambulance crews to reaches of the river that are inaccessible by road and the new boat also carries advanced first aid support, including a cardiac defibrillator and oxygen therapy, which all crew members are trained to operate.

Deputy Commissioner Storey said Hawkesbury 22 was one of more than 30 new and refurbished vessels delivered at a cost of more than $9 million as part of the MRNSW fleet upgrade program being delivered with the financial support of the NSW Government and the boating community.

“It is part of our strategic safety net protecting boaters on the water along the NSW coastline from the Queensland border to Eden and inland on the Alpine Lakes and the Murray River at Moama,” he said.

He paid tribute to the hard work and commitment of volunteers from the Hawkesbury unit.

“The Hawkesbury River is one of the most popular waterways in this state for boating and fishing, as well as for organised events and competitions for power boats, water skiers and canoes and kayaks. The members selflessly give their time to keep a safety watch on these events and casual river users.”

Deputy Commissioner Storey reminded boaters to always wear their lifejackets and to Log On and Off with their local Marine Rescue radio base whenever they were on the water. To find your local base, visit


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