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  • Marine Rescue NSW Sydney deputies earn Coxswain stripes
  • September 10, 2015

The Deputy Unit Commanders of two neighbouring Sydney Marine Rescue NSW units have passed gruelling assessments to obtain their Coxswain qualifications.

MR Hawkesbury DUC Ken Edwards (left) and MR Cottage Point DUC Luke Andrews (right), who each has extensive operating experience in the Hawkesbury River and Broken Bay region, underwent their rating tests earlier this month.

DUC Edwards was assessed by MR Middle Harbour’s Tony Whybrow aboard Hawkesbury 22 and DUC Andrews by MRNSW Hunter/Central Coast Regional Training Officer Leigh Carmichael on Cottage Point 20.

The pair was required to respond to a challenging set of scenarios, including deployment for an offshore search and rescue, emergency drills, fires and other emergencies.

Cottage Point 30 acted as the “victim boat” for the assessments, with crew members on board suffering simulated broken limbs, burns from fires and power failures throughout the day.

Both deputies were exceptionally well prepared after drilling and practising their skills for months ahead of their final tests, completing their assessments well and drawing positive feedback from both assessors.

DUC Edwards became the first member of MR Hawkesbury to hold the MR Coxswain rating.

Greater Sydney Regional Controller Chris Gillett congratulated both, praising them as “exceptionally talented and dedicated members whose rating as Coxswains would add significantly to their units’ capability and the safety of mariners in the area”.


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