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  • Funeral Service J.M.A. Stringer, AM, ESM
  • May 12, 2016

Long term member and Marine Rescue NSW founding Director Mike Stringer ESM, OAM passed away on May 5 after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Mike joined the Royal Volunteer Coastal Patrol at Middle Harbour in 1973 and served in a number of positions of responsibility with both the RVCP and MRNSW over the next 43 years.  He estimated he had taken part in nearly 900 rescue operations, including more than 260 life-saving rescues and had contributed more than 45,000 hours’ service.

Mike was appointed to the facilitation committee that guided the establishment of MRNSW and then to the transition Board, continuing as a Director until 2014, when he retired after serving the maximum term permitted.

His service to volunteer marine rescue was recognised with a range of awards, including the Order of Australia, Emergency Services Medal, Maritime Medal  and National SAR Award.

For members wishing to attend, Mike’s funeral service will be held at 10.15am on Monday, May 16 in the North Chapel, Northern Suburbs Crematorium, 199 Delhi Road, Ryde and afterwards at the Skyline Lounge Room nearby in the grounds.

Members attending have been requested to wear blues and full medals (long-sleeve shirts). Those who wish to join the Guard of Honour are to be present by 9.40am.

From Issue 21, Summer 2014 Soundings article pg 9

"Mike Stringer AM, ESM was an early advocate for the creation of a single marine rescue service in NSW. A former Officer Commanding of the Royal Volunteer Coastal Patrol and foundation Director and Protocol Officer of MRNSW, Mike retired from the Board in November.

In 1972 I joined the marine rescue and emergency service community. I learnt as much as I could: seamanship, coxswain, navigation, first aid, radio but could never understand why there were two organisations at that stage competing for funds from the community and for rescue jobs.

I was commanding of the RVCP for eight years. I was a member of the Volunteer Marine Rescue Council of NSW for 13 years and the State Rescue Board for eight years.

When I became a member of the State Rescue Board I had more opportunity to discuss the support of the marine rescue volunteers. In those days we paid to join a group, we paid for our uniforms, training, paid for the fuel and maintenance on the boats. I thought this unacceptable.

The State Government could see from the Price Report the benefit of a single, well funded and supported marine rescue organisation. The uniforms, training and equipment, including boats, would be able to be funded and the public would not be confused when calling by radio. It was an idea whose time had come.

There have been some difficult times but it was the right decision. It’s been a lot of time consuming hard work but fun as well.

I have done over 900 rescue missions. Some were in “wow, what are we doing here?” conditions. I’ve been involved in bush fires and major storms and been to major events on Sydney Harbour. I met some fantastic people from all walks of life and made a lot of great friends. And helped the community. That’s what we are all about."


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