LEMON Tree Passage Marine Rescue has just completed a ‘shake down trial’ of its revamped rescue vessel.
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Commander Richard Osborne OAM told News Of The Area, “We changed tack in our plans for replacing the boat and instead decided that it would be much more economical to update the motors.”
“This has resulted in a $45 000 investment in twin 200hp Mercury outboards to power the craft,” he added.
“They have now been run in and performed well in a sea trial when we ventured out of the heads and travelled to Newcastle Harbour. Here we assisted with keeping spectator craft well clear of the the power boats at the recent series of races.”he said.
“The boat handled well at 35knots and is capable of more speed in emergency situations. We do however run it at a slower speed during general operations for reasons of fuel economy.”
“I would like to thank the public for their support with our fund raising activities. We also welcome new members to fill the wide range of roles. These vary from manning the radio at our base station to becoming active crew members during patrols and rescues,” he said.
More details of our local Marine Rescue can be had by visiting the base station at the top of Whitbread Drive Lemon Tree Passage or by ringing them on 49 824 981.
By Geoff WALKER