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News & Media

  • $630,000 safety investment at Marine Rescue Lake Macquarie
  • December 14, 2013

Lake Macquarie 30, one of the newest vessels to join the Marine Rescue NSW fleet, has been commissioned today, boosting the safety of boaters on Hunter-Central Coast waters.

Marine Rescue NSW (MRNSW) Commissioner Stacey Tannos and Board members joined volunteers from Marine Rescue Lake Macquarie, to commission the new $410,000 vessel and the unit’s new $120,000 berthing facility.

This new 10m Naiad, which can be deployed up to 30 nautical miles offshore, is a valuable addition to rescue capability in this region,” Commissioner Tannos said

Lake Macquarie and its coastal waters are among the State’s busiest waterways. The Lake is a drawcard for both local and touring boaters and the popularity of offshore fishing sees many vessels venture far out past the edge of the continental shelf up to the 30 nautical mile zone.

This vessel ensures that the volunteers from Marine Rescue Lake Macquarie are even better equipped to respond rapidly to emergencies on the water, whether inshore or out to sea.”

The boat was one of three MR Lake Macquarie vessels used to support major bushfire operations in October, with crews standing by off Murrays Beach north of Cams Wharf overnight on October 17 and throughout the following day in case residents needed to be evacuated by water and to assist firefighters.

This was a fine example of our emergency services working together to protect their local community. More than 20 volunteers were involved in this operation as skippers, crew members, radio operators and providing catering and other support,” the Commissioner said.

He said Lake Macquarie 30, built by Yamba Welding and Engineering, formed an important part of Marine Rescue’s strategic safety net of vessels covering the NSW coastline and inland on the Alpine Lakes and the Murray River.

It is one of more than 30 new and refurbished vessels we have delivered to our units, at a cost of $9 million, as part of a fleet modernisation program we have undertaken with the support of the State Government and boating community through a levy on boat registrations and licences.”

Marine Rescue Lake Macquarie Unit Commander John Hatton said the vessel was a tremendous addition to the unit’s existing two rescue vessels.

The boat has the flexibility and reliability we need for our local conditions, both offshore and inshore on the lake,” he said.

It’s a great asset, both for our volunteers and boaters, and will ensure we can respond swiftly and efficiently to calls for help.”

The State Government provided a $50,000 grant under the 2013 Community Building Partnerships program towards the cost of the new $120,000 vessel berthing facility at the unit’s Pelican base.

UC Hatton said the new jetty and berthing facility could accommodate all three of the unit’s rescue vessels, with Lake Macquarie 30 and Lake Macquarie 21 on air berths and Lake Macquarie 11 on a slipway.

He said berthing the boats out of the water reduced maintenance costs and time off the water, as well as allowing for a rapid launch in response to an emergency.

Lake Macquarie 30 is powered by twin Suzuki 250hp 4 stroke outboard engines under the Suzuki-MRNSW Power of Choice agreement appointing Suzuki as the preferred supplier of outboard motors for frontline MRNSW vessels.

It is equipped with state-of-the-art Raymarine navigation equipment, marine radio electronics, AIS (Automatic Identification System), night vision camera and advanced first aid equipment, including a cardiac defibrillator and oxygen therapy.

Marine Rescue Lake Macquarie encourages all 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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