8 November 2018
Marine Search and Rescue (MSAR) volunteers in Hastings were thrilled to receive their new search-and-rescue vessel last month, as part of the Victorian Government’s record $11.3 million investment in the sector.
Flotilla Commander Jeremy West says it is good timing for the Unit, one of the state’s busiest, as they go into November and December-- historically their most demanding months for call-outs.
'RESCUE301' - the 10 meter Noosa Cat 3100 - has been extensively refurbished after providing years of operational service for Marine Rescue Hervey Bay. This vessel replaces Hastings’ primary vessel CG04, which was taken out of service earlier this year.
The newly-refurbished vessel will enable the flotilla to better respond to calls for emergency assistance in Western Port Bay and will position the unit to better meet the needs of the increasing boating activity in the region. Members of AVCG Hastings completed training on the Noosa Cat 3100 earlier this month, and it is ready to be put into service.
The government is investing $11.3 million in the sector over two years, as part of a wider program of reforms to improve governance, standardise training, and deliver better coordination between MSAR units.
The state-wide funding program includes more than $6.5 million to provide new search-and-rescue vessels, and about $4.75 million in operational funding to cover essential costs such as training, fuel, protective clothing, maintenance, equipment and insurance.
Apollo Bay Marine Rescue is next in line to receive a newly refurbished vessel. The vessel will soon travel from Williamstown, where it has undergone refurbishment, to Apollo Bay.