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  • Marine Rescue NSW boating safety net stronger at Sussex Inlet
  • February 17, 2014

Photo: Sussex Inlet 30

Volunteers from Marine Rescue Sussex Inlet today marked the official commissioning of their new $356,000 fast response offshore rescue vessel and redeveloped wharf.

Parliamentary Speaker and South Coast MP Shelley Hancock, Gilmore MP Ann Sudmalis, Shoalhaven Mayor Joanna Gash and councillors and Veolia Mulwaree Trust Chairman Paul Stephenson joined MRNSW Deputy Commissioner Dean Storey, Board Directors and members at the event.

Deputy Commissioner Storey said Sussex Inlet 30, a 10.9m jet-powered Phoenix, provided the maneuverability, power and speed to respond rapidly in an emergency.

A generous grant of $36,420 from the Veolia Mulwaree Trust enabled the unit to extend its wharf into deeper water and move its boat lift to ensure it can easily launch the vessel to provide a prompt and efficient rescue response even at very low tides.

“Together, this new boat and wharf have boosted the unit’s emergency response capability, ensuring it is well equipped to serve the large local and visiting boating community,” Deputy Commissioner Storey said.

Sussex Inlet 30 can be deployed up to 30 nautical miles offshore, with a top speed of 28 knots, making it a valuable marine search and rescue resource in this region.

“It is one of 36 new and refurbished boats delivered at a cost of more than $10 million as part of Marine Rescue’s ongoing project to upgrade its rescue fleet through the financial support of the NSW Government and the boating community.

“Marine Rescue Sussex Inlet covers a large and busy area, with offshore boaters ranging wide from St Georges Head in the north to Red Head (Bendalong) in the south.

“The more sheltered waters of St Georges Basin and Swan Lake attract many smaller boats, however, a change in weather can quickly turn these waters into a risky place to be and our volunteers are no strangers to the need for an urgent response to provide help.”

Unit Commander John Lang said the new vessel and wharf had made a huge improvement to the unit’s capability.

Sussex Inlet 30 is a great asset for the unit and for the many boaters on our waters. It is a faster response vessel with much more sophisticated radar, navigation and radio equipment, making us more effective than before,” he said.

“The upgraded wharf now means it is easier to deploy and retrieve the vessel, especially when tides are very low. It also provides safer and more convenient access from our vessels for the victims of any emergency, especially those who may have suffered an injury.”

Sussex Inlet 30 is equipped with advanced navigation equipment, including GPS, radar, Forward Looking Infra Red night vision camera, Automatic Identification System and VHF, 27 Mhz and DCN radios. First aid equipment on board includes a cardiac defibrillator and oxygen therapy, which all crew members are trained to use.

Deputy Commissioner Storey paid tribute to the hard work and commitment of volunteers from the Sussex Inlet unit and acknowledged the vital support of the State Government and the boating community for Marine Rescue’s essential services.

“The financial support we receive from the Government and through boaters’ registration and licence fees provides about 50 per cent of the annual budget we need to provide NSW with a world-class marine search and rescue, radio network and education service for safer boating,” he said.

“We are grateful for this support for our volunteers and their vital work to assist and protect boaters on NSW waters.”

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


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