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  • Marine Rescue Narooma offshore rescue vessel named in honour of retiring Unit Commander at Commissioning Ceremony
  • June 29, 2015

Photo:  “Narooma 30 - RV John Young” with (LtoR) Eric Hibbett and John Young, present and former Unit Commanders; Andrew Constance, Member for Bega and Minister for Transport and Infrastructure; Lindsay Brown, Eurobodalla Shire Mayor and Deputy Dean Storey, Commissioner MRNSW.

Narooma 30,
a $410,000 investment in marine safety stationed at Marine Rescue Narooma on the NSW far South Coast, was officially commissioned on Saturday afternoon and named the RV John Young in honour of the unit’s former commander.


MRNSW Deputy Commissioner Dean Storey, new Narooma Unit Commander, Eric Hibbett and former UC John Young, welcomed Andrew Constance, Member for Bega and NSW Minister for Transport & Infrastructure, Lindsay Brown, Eurobodalla Shire Mayor, other guests and unit members to the commissioning ceremony.


Deputy Commissioner Storey said the Narooma vessel is a significant boost in the capability of marine search and rescue volunteers on the Far South Coast.


“This state-of-the-art, rapid response 10m Naiad Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) is able to travel up to 30 nautical miles offshore and further strengthens Marine Rescue’s strategic search and rescue safety net covering the NSW coastline,” he said.


“It is one of 61 new and refurbished vessels delivered to date in our $14.3 million fleet modernisation program. Built by Yamba Welding and Engineering, it is also a valuable investment in jobs in NSW.”


MR Narooma Unit Commander Eric Hibbett said Narooma 30 – RV John Young represented a major advance in the unit’s capability and an opportunity to honour the work of the former unit commander, John Young, who has been instrumental in guiding the unit to its present high standard.


“This new boat is our primary offshore rescue vessel, and is supported by two jet ski Rescue Water Craft which provide a rapid response to incidents on our enclosed waters and shoreline, and assist us in our training program,” UC Hibbett said.


“Narooma 30 – RV John Young has been a tremendous boost to our resources, giving us greater range, power and towing capacity. It’s a powerful, stable and safe vessel for our volunteers, so our crews can respond more efficiently than ever to help boaters in trouble.”


Narooma 30 – RV John Young is one of three similar vessels that were commissioned on the weekend.


Marine Rescue units at Crowdy Harrington and Coffs Harbour on the NSW mid north coast also officially welcomed their new 9.5m Naiad RHIBs.


All vessels carry a range of specialised search and rescue navigation, communications and first aid equipment.


UC Hibbett thanked the local community and visiting boaters for supporting the volunteers’ fundraising efforts.


Deputy Commissioner Storey 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 the levy on boaters’ registration and licence fees represents 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.


“Even with this funding support, as a community-based organisation, we still need to rely on our volunteers’ energetic fundraising.


“I thank the residents of the Narooma and wider South Cast community, as well as the many visitors to the area, for their generosity towards the unit,” he said.


Boaters heading out on the water should remember to Log On and Log Off with MRNSW using their marine radio, telephone or the MarineRescue mobile app, suitable for Apple and Android devices and available on the App Store and Google play.



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