Blaise Madden, UC of Tuross Marine Rescue reports:
Exciting times for Marine Rescue Tuross The first item causing excitement is the imminent arrival of a new rescue vessel for the Tuross Lake. In May Marine Rescue informed us that they would be replacing our onshore and lake boat (TU12) our 3.5m very old but reliable Cobia RHIB boat with a new 4.2m Naiad with all the latest electronic gear. On Monday the Unit Commander (coxswain) with the Deputy Unit Commander (crew) plus the Regional Operations Manager (Monaro) will travel to Yamba for the sea trials of the new TU12.
Following the sea trials the new vessel will be handed over to Marine Rescue to be delivered to Tuross the following week. Keep an eye out on Tuross Lake at the end of September for Marine Rescue Tuross crew working out on the new TU12. Picture shows new TU12 nearing completion. Another source of excitement is the delivery and installation of a finger wharf at Preddy’s Wharf Moruya in preparation for the air berth that will provide a permanent berth for our offshore rescue boat (TU20). The finger wharf and security fencing will be installed next week? And before the end of September the air berth will be relocated and TU20 moored on it.
For many years the offshore rescue boat was berthed on Tuross Lake and due to an increasingly difficult Tuross Bar, it had to be taken by trailer to Moruya to be launched for a rescue offshore. More recently it has been berthed at a private property in Moruya and then conveyed to a launch site before effecting a rescue operation. The finger wharf development will greatly enhance our response times. We begin our fund raising on the October long weekend with a terrific raffle, the first prize is a 55in. full high definition LED TV and great second and third prizes. We will be at the Moruya Markets and IGA in Moruya and Tuross so keep an eye out and support Marine Rescue