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  • New Rescue Vessels Commissioned to Boost Boaters’ Safety
  • February 21, 2015

Member for Gosford, Chris Holstein, represented the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, the Hon Stuart Ayres MP today to officially commission two new Marine Rescue NSW vessels to boost boating safety on the Central Coast.

Member for Gosford Chris Holstein joined Marine Rescue NSW Commissioner Stacey Tannos, Board members and volunteers from Marine Rescue Central Coast to commission the unit’s new rescue boat and jet ski, worth almost $250,000.

Mr Holstein said the new $230,000 Ocean Cylinder boat, Central Coast 22, and $14,000 BRP Sea Doo jet ski, Central Coast 11, were a valuable addition to rescue capability on some of the region’s busiest waterways.

“These latest additions to the rescue fleet on the Central Coast have strengthened Marine Rescue NSW’s strategic safety net of vessels covering our coastline,” he said.

“The boating community is fortunate to have skilled and experienced volunteers who are ready and vigilant in their work to save lives on the water. Our emergency services volunteers are among this State’s finest assets and deserve our thanks and praise.

“The NSW Government is proud to support the volunteer members of Marine Rescue, directing more than $30 million to the organisation in the form of direct grants and a levy from boat registrations and licences over four years.”

Mr Holstein said the new vessels ensured the members of Marine Rescue Central Coast were even better equipped to respond rapidly to emergencies on the water, supplementing the unit’s offshore rescue vessel, Central Coast 21.

“At 6.8 metres, Central Coast 22, built by Yamba Welding and Engineering, is particularly well suited to the unit’s work to assist and protect boaters on local enclosed waters,” he said.

“The jet ski is another great addition to the unit’s rapid response capability, ensuring a first responder can be quickly on the scene of an emergency to begin providing urgent assistance.”

Marine Rescue NSW Commissioner Stacey Tannos thanked the State Government and members of the boating community for their ongoing support.

“These new Central Coast assets are among 59 new and refurbished vessels delivered to our units, at a cost of more than $14 million,” he said.

“This ambitious modernisation program is providing our volunteers with safe, state-of-the-art vessels designed and equipped for rescue operations.”

Marine Rescue Central Coast Unit Commander Roger Palmer said Central Coast 22 was a tremendous asset for the unit’s volunteers and local and visiting boaters.

“Our members have found the boat highly manoeuvrable and responsive since its delivery in early December,” he said.

“It is fitted with advanced navigation, communication and search and rescue equipment, including radar, thermal imaging camera, chart plotter and a defibrillator, oxygen kit and other essential first aid equipment.

“Both the boat and the jet ski have the flexibility and reliability we need and will help us respond even more swiftly to incidents on the water.”

Marine Rescue Central Coast encourages boaters to Log On with the unit to ensure its members know when they are out on the water, where they are heading and when they are due to return. This means a search can be rapidly mounted if a boater is not back on shore when expected.



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