TO THE RESCUE: Marine Rescue NSW Coffs Harbour commander Graeme King and crew member Kevin Recknell. Trevor Veale
TO THE RESCUE: Marine Rescue NSW Coffs Harbour commander Graeme King and crew member Kevin Recknell. Trevor Veale

New Marine Rescue boat powers up in Coffs

THE newest addition to the Marine Rescue NSW fleet will be unveiled at a commissioning ceremony in Coffs Harbour tomorrow.

The $370,000 rescue vessel, named Coffs 30, is designed to provide a safety boost to the region's boating community.

Commissioner Stacey Tannos said the 9.5-metre Naiad could be deployed up to 30 nautical miles offshore, making it a valuable new marine search and rescue resource for the Coffs Coast.

It replaces the rescue vessel, Coffs 20, to improve search efficiency.

MR Coffs Harbour Unit Commander Graeme King said Coffs 30 could be tasked throughout the Solitary Islands to the north and as far south as South West Rocks if required.

"Coffs 30 is a great asset for our unit and for boaters in trouble on our local waters, giving our crews fast access to offshore emergencies 24 hours a day," he said.

"It has improved our response times and carries more sophisticated electronic equipment on board than our previous vessel."

Coffs 30 is one of two new vessels to be welcomed to the Marine Rescue NSW fleet on the Mid North Coast this weekend - the other being Crowdy Harrington.

They are among 61 new and refurbished vessels delivered as part of a $14.3 million fleet modernisation program.

Both vessels, built by Yamba Welding and Engineering, are powered by twin 250hp Suzuki engines and can reach speeds of more than 40 knots (74 kmh).

Coffs Harbour MP Andrew Fraser, Coffs Harbour Deputy Mayor Sally Townley, Commissioner Stacey Tannos, MR director John Lynch and supporters will join unit members for the ceremony at the Coffs Harbour Marina at 11am tomorrow.



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