COFFS HARBOUR’S Marine Rescue is ship-shape and ready to go for another busy summer on the water.
The volunteer organisation, which has become a godsend for our boating community in times of need, has won well-deserved praise in an annual review of its operations.
The accreditation by the State Rescue Board is a process which all marine rescue units in NSW have to go through.
“Basically it’s a comprehensive check list to ensure our preparedness, equipment and skills are up to standard and that we are doing what is expected of us,” said local unit commander Graeme King.
“We went to a fair bit of trouble to make sure all our equipment was ready and properly laid out. The whole purpose of the inspections is if there is anything found to be deficient we need to fix it.
“We were complimented on the way we presented our equipment and the state of preparedness of our rescue boat.”
Mr King said the unit could now head into the traditionally hectic summer period with extra confidence following the positive report.
“We’ve had quite a bit of business over the past couple of weeks assisting boats getting into trouble and we’ve got a busy season ahead with fishing competitions.”