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News & Media

  • New $428,000 rescue vessel for Ballina volunteers
  • February 21, 2014

A new Marine Rescue NSW offshore rescue vessel will be officially commissioned at Ballina today, representing a $428,000 investment in boating safety on the NSW North Coast.

Local Government Minister, Ballina MP Don Page, Parliamentary Secretary for Police and Emergency Services Geoff Provest and Page MP Kevin Hogan will join volunteers from Marine Rescue Ballina at the commissioning of the unit’s new boat, Ballina 30 (David Waddell).

Mr Provest said the 10 metre Naiad could be deployed up to 30 nautical miles offshore, making it a valuable new marine search and rescue resource in the Northern Rivers region.

“Ballina 30 is an investment in the safety of the region’s local and visiting boaters,” he said.

“It forms an important part of Marine Rescue’s strategic safety net of rescue vessels covering the NSW coastline and inland on the Alpine Lakes and the Murray River at Moama.

“This rapid response vessel 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.”

The boat will be named in memory of the late David Waddell, a member of the former Ballina Australian Volunteer Coast Guard, who drowned on the bar in 1983.

Ballina 30 is the fourth 10m Naiad in the MRNSW fleet and the second to feature more durable foam-filled solid, rather than inflated, sponsons (or buoyancy tubes).

The RHIB (Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat) is powered by twin 250hp four-stroke Suzuki outboard engines.

Ballina Unit Commander John Donoghue said Ballina 30, delivered in November, was a great asset for the unit.

“It is a faster response vessel with much more sophisticated radar, navigation and radio equipment, making us more effective than before,” he said.

State of the art navigation, marine radios, Automatic Identification System and thermal imaging cameras are installed on the vessel, along with a cardiac defibrillator and oxygen therapy.

Commissioner Tannos 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.”

Commissioner Tannos reminded boaters to always wear a lifejacket when on board and to Log On and Off with their local Marine Rescue radio base whenever they were on the water.

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