BOTH Port Stephens and Lemon Tree Passage Marine Rescue flotillas are included in the list of 28 units to receive new boats. This is part of an initiative by the Berejiklian State Government.
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Over the next four years some 38 new vessels will be added to rescue fleet manned by volunteers along the NSW coast at a cost of $37.6 million. This means an effective doubling of the Marine Rescue budget.
Lemon Tree Passage unit commander Rick Tyler said that the new vessel would improve the effectiveness of the service.
“Ours is one of the oldest serving boat in the fleet and we look forward to the upgrade,” he said.
“The rapid change in technology means that older craft are left behind and electronic communication systems, radar, night vision equipment and rescue gear need to be brought up to pace,” Mr Tyler said.
The roll-out of the new vessels will probably see the new Lemon Tree craft come on stream in about two years according to Rick.