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  • Rescue floats new boat
  • February 26, 2016

MARINE Rescue’s Middle Harbour unit has been putting its newest acquisition through its paces in recent weeks, including joint exercises with the unit’s other, larger rescue vessel.

Marine Rescue NSW’s Middle Harbour unit conducting training exercises in Middle Harbour.

The new vessel, Middle Harbour 20, was acquired from the Marine Rescue unit at Nambucca Heads.

Middle Harbour unit commander Peter Nott said he was at a unit commanders’ conference and heard the Nambucca Heads unit had a boat it no longer wanted.

“It sounded exactly what we were looking for,” Mr Nott said.

“We got permission from head office and then three of us went to look at it, did some tests, decided it was fit for our purposes and then brought it down to Sydney.

“We had it on the water on Christmas Eve and since then we’ve been able to have our normal watches plus extra ones because we now have two boats.

“We’ve also been busy endorsing our skippers on it and teaching them different drills that relate to the new boat.”

He said the new boat was needed for inshore work, especially when working close to the shore or even landing on it in an emergency.

“You can run it aground, put the patient on it and then back off the beach,” he said.

“It’s major use for us will be normal work but it also has an enclosed cabin so we can use crews for longer to slow down the fatigue factor and undergo more training on a lighter boat.”

One recent rescue was of a disabled cabin cruiser that was wallowing in windy conditions and lumpy seas on February 14.

Full story on Manly Daily



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