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Brunswick Heads Marine Rescue volunteers with Justine Elliot (centre). Photo supplied

Six Brunswick Heads Marine Rescue volunteers have been recognised for their long service and commitment to saving lives on the water.

The Marine Rescue NSW Long Service Medals were handed out for 10 years and 15 years of service. Repectively by Richmond MP Justine Elliot last week.

The worthy recipients were Owen and Andrea Danvers, Sylvia Van Rossum, Otto Vornegger, Lazlo Szabo and David George.

Ms Elliot congratulated them on the recognition of their service.

‘These medals are an opportunity to recognise and thank these volunteers for their hard work and commitment to serving and protecting our boating community,’ Ms Elliot said.

‘The Brunswick Marine Rescue Volunteers make a valuable contribution to the safety and wellbeing of our community and they deserve our gratitude. These awards today give us a chance to say thank you to them all,’ she added.


Owen Danvers, was awarded for his 15 years’ service as a radio operator, deputy unit commander and unit commander. He also oversaw the transition from Volunteer Rescue Association to Marine Rescue Brunswick.

Andrea Danvers was awarded for 15 years’ service radio operator, boat crew, training officer, deputy unit commander and unit commander.

Sylvia van Rossum’s 15 years’ service included as radio operator and treasurer.

Otto Vornegger has notched up 15 years’ service as radio operator.

Lazlo Szabo has given 15 years’ service as coxswain and boat crew.

David George was awarded for his 10 years of marine rescue service.

Brunswick Marine Rescue is made up of 54 volunteers who man the radio tower, and crew rescue vessels. Brunswick averages around four call-outs per week.

New volunteers are always welcome, contact David on 0474 500 044.


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