Emergency Services Minister Rob Johnson today visited Shark Bay to launch the Shark Bay Volunteer Marine Rescue Group’s new vessel ‘Tamala Rose.’
Mr Johnson said the new vessel would significantly assist volunteers in sea searches and rescue missions and had been specifically chosen for its ability to handle local conditions.
The ‘Tamala Rose’ has a multi-chined hull to allow the vessel to travel at speed through choppy seas. It is also fitted with quality electronic aids and physical protection for the crew.
“There has been an increase in the number and size of recreational boats coming to the Shark Bay area in recent years and these craft are tending to travel further away from their launch point,” the Minister said.
“Shark Bay is renowned for its strong tides and harsh winds which can cause erratic wave action.
“Many people find themselves caught up in a distress situation and require assistance from the local volunteers, who do a tremendous job in covering a region of more than 13,000 square kilometres.
“The group has for several years been involved in many high-profile rescues in waters surrounding the Shark Bay region.
“In 2007-08, the group attended 40 incidents; in 2008-09 they assisted in 15 incidents; and this year, to date, has been involved in 10 rescues.
“I congratulate the Shark Bay Volunteer Marine Rescue Group for their tremendous efforts that have helped this vessel become a reality and hope the ‘Tamala Rose’ becomes a highly-valued item of life saving equipment in the community.”
The new vessel cost $439,000, with funding provided by the Gascoyne Regional Grants Scheme; Gascoyne Development Commission; the Fire and Emergency Services Authority (FESA); and Lotterywest.
Sponsorship proceeds from the sale of Shark Bay’s former vessel and community fundraising by the volunteers also helped fund the vessel.
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