New vessel will be ready for anything

On the job: A bright day dawns for the commissioning ceremony of Marine Rescue Botany Bay’s new fast response vessel, BY30.A NEW vessel will help a volunteer organisation to better respond to search and rescue and assist the St George boating community.
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The Marine Rescue NSW Botany Bay unit officially welcomed a $280,000 eight-metre Kevlacat offshore vessel at St George Motor Boat Club last month and gave it a champagne soaking.

Marine Rescue commissioner Stacey Tannos, chairman Jim Glissan and Botany Bay unit commander Mark McKenzie were among the guests.

Volunteers will be able to assist water police with search and rescue operations as well as general patrols of Georges River and Botany Bay.

“The vessel improves our coverage for fast response for search and rescue and it also provides volunteers with updated technology because it carries improved radar and communication,” Port Hacking deputy commander Bob Wilson said.

Volunteers are on call 24 hours a day but send out patrols from sunrise to sunset every weekend and public holidays.

They also assist with broken down charters, boat fires and marine emergencies.

Commissioner Tannos said a 2009 state government report showed there were about 24,000 recreational and commercial vessels registered in the Botany Bay/Port Hacking region and but registrations were expected to rise to 30,000 by 2026.

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