PS40 Danial Thain leaves Marine Rescue Port Stephens bound for Brisbane

Some of the team sending off the Danial Thain. Image by Tony O’Donnell, Port Stephens Marine Rescue
Some of the team sending off the Danial Thain.
Image by Tony O’Donnell, Port Stephens Marine Rescue


MIXED emotions amongst crew and well wishers were obvious, as rescue vessel PS40 Danial Thain left Port Stephens for the last time.

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Danial Thain was escorted by a flotilla of vessels drawn from numerous emergency services in Port Stephens as it began its journey to Brisbane to be deployed as a training vessel with its new owners, ECA Maritime College.

Danial Thain was delivered to Port Stephens in 1999 after having given service on the Scottish Coast with the Royal National Lifeboat Institute for 21 years as “Spirit of Tayside” out of the port of Broughty.

Danial Thain was involved in hundreds of rescues, four of which saw her crews recognised for major National Courage Awards including a Medal of Valour presented to Coxswain Laurie Nolan.

During her time at MRPS (almost 16 years) along with other Marine Rescue Port Stephens vessels, over 2,000 rescues have been performed saving over 4,400 lives and $230m value of vessels.

Unit Commander, Lee Uebergang told News Of The Area, “Only by the generosity of donors was the Port Stephens Unit able to acquire the Danial Thain in 1999 and since then it has served those offshore and inshore with distinction and played a major role in making the Port Stephens waters as safe as possible.”

“The replacement in 2016 with the fast rescue vessel PS31 John Thompson allows the highly trained volunteer rescue crews to get to vessels needing assistance at over 30 knots depending on sea conditions. The John Thompson is supported by our other smaller rescue vessel PS30 Codi K II, also entirely crewed by volunteers.”

The Nelson Heads modern Radio Base has operated continuously for over 35 years and is open 24/7 year-round and able to be inspected during daylight hours Monday to Sunday.


By Mandy ELLIS

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