New vessel a boost for boating safety on north coast

Point Danger Marine Rescue's latest offshore rescue vessel. Photo supplied

Point Danger Marine Rescue’s latest offshore rescue vessel. Photo supplied

A new $277,000 vessel for the Point Danger Marine Rescue fleet will be officially commissioned today in a ceremony involving local, state and federal government representatives.

The rescue organisation has hailed the new 7.5m rigid-hull inflatable boat named Point Danger 20, as a major boost to boating safety on north coast waterways.

Head of Marine Rescue NSW, commissioner Stacey Tannos, said the ‘state-of-the-art vessel, which is able to travel up to 15 nautical miles offshore, further strengthens Marine Rescue’s strategic search and rescue safety net covering the NSW coastline’.

’It is the latest of 65 new and refurbished vessels delivered to date, at a cost of almost $15 million, under our landmark fleet modernisation program,’ commissioner Tannos said.

‘Providing safe, modern and reliable vessels is the greatest investment we can make in the safety of our volunteers and the boaters we assist.’

The new vessel was delivered by low-loader truck recently.

The new vessel was delivered by low-loader truck recently.

The boat was built  by Yamba Welding and Engineering and supplements the unit’s larger 11.3m vessel, Point Danger 30. It is powered by twin 150hp Suzuki outboards and equipped with a suite of the latest search and rescue, navigation and advanced first aid equipment, including a cardiac defibrillator and oxygen.

Marine Rescue Point Danger unit commander Glenda Ashby said Point Danger 20 was built and equipped to meet the unit’s operational demands in a variety of conditions, both offshore and in the more confined waters of the Tweed River and its inlets.

‘The boat was delivered in late November and our crews have committed a great deal of time and energy over the holiday period to a process of intensive familiarisation and training on board,’ she said.

Commissioner Tannos said the state government’s financial support as well as through boaters’ registration and licence fees provided around half of the rescue service’s annual budget that ‘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,’ he said.

Point Danger 20 makes its first run in the Tweed River.

Point Danger 20 makes its first run in the Tweed River.

‘I thank the community for its generous support of the Point Danger unit and its efforts to raise funds towards the cost of this new vessel, particularly through our new Great Outdoor Getaway art union.’

The commissioning ceremony is scheduled for 10.30am at the Ivory Coast Marina, Tweed Heads.

Richmond MP Justine Elliott, Tweed MP Geoff Provest and Tweed and Gold Coast councillors will join commissioner Tannos, Marine Rescue NSW chair Jim Glissan, director Bernie Gabriel and Point Danger volunteers to officially welcome the new vessel.

Commander of the NSW Police Force Marine Area Command, Detective Superintendent Mark Hutchings, also will attend.



One response to “New vessel a boost for boating safety on north coast”

  1. Len Heggarty says:

    Once upon a time back in the past for marine rescue there were boats called ‘Jaycee I”and “Jaycee II” because that was when the community was rich and powerful and the community raised the money through groups like Jaycees, Apex and Lions for community equipment.
    That was then. Now because the all-powerful political parties have a stranglehold on the local community we are now poor and struggling and have to depend on the three strands of government to give us money while be beg on our knees just to get a handout like these boats.
    The funding for these boats came from the NSW state government. That means the state owns us and not the other way around. When we had money and riches and freedom of our own senses and raised money through fetes, events and markets we had freedom from governments. Now when the government gives us money we feel obliged to vote for them at an election. I say Bah Humbug.
    The community now is not free but is owned by the government of choice.
    Which one?
    Our Council who squabble and vote politically. Or state government who want to nail us down with a GST tax.
    Or the Federal government where ministers get sacked because they have no ethics.
    Oh, free the people of government, please.
    Maybe all three.
    What is the difference between Australia and Communist China? Not much.
    The Chinese are coming.
    Let us have a party as government will enslave us more with more people.
    Order another five boats.

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