Grants help res­cue group up­grade ves­sel

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

New nav­i­ga­tion equip­ment is set to im­prove West Pil­bara Vol­un­teer Sea Res­cue’s re­sponse ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

The group now has a vastly im­proved radar ca­pac­ity as well as down and side scan ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

The new equip­ment comes from two $10,000 grants from Yara Pil­bara and the Pil­bara Ports Author­ity.

Sea res­cue com­man­der Bruce Hard­wick said the equip­ment put the vol­un­teer group’s ves­sel near the top of the range.

“We were look­ing at it last year when the new mod­els came out and were very for­tu­nate that at the same time we were ap­proached by both Yara and Pil­bara Ports,” he said.

“Every­thing re­ally just fell into place.

“This year has been a lit­tle qui­eter than the past cou­ple of years and we would like to keep it that way.”

Yara Pil­bara gen­eral man­ager Chris Ri­jk­sen said as a boat-mad re­gion, the Pil­bara’s vol­un­teer sea res­cue groups needed the best equip­ment avail­able.

“We have a lot of em­ploy­ees who are out boat­ing ev­ery week so we want to make sure they are as safe as pos­si­ble,” he said.

“Our res­i­den­tial work­force has an 85 per cent cov­er­age of peo­ple who have a boat and are out on the sea. A big por­tion of the prod­uct we pro­duce also leaves the site through the jetty, so that is an­other link.”

PPA re­gional har­bour mas­ter Mike Minogue said the amount of in­ci­dents in which the group had been called on for sup­port over the past few years had spurred the de­ci­sion.

“Ev­ery year the staff vote on an or­gan­i­sa­tion to do­nate $10,000 to, and this year the do­na­tion was for the vol­un­teer ma­rine sea res­cue group,” he said.

He said the sea res­cue group played an im­por­tant role in the port’s’ ma­rine safety ef­forts.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

West Pil­bara Vol­un­teer Sea Res­cue com­man­der Bruce Hard­wick with Pil­bara Ports Author­ity re­gional har­bour­mas­ter Mike Minogue and Yara Pil­bara gen­eral man­ager Chris Ri­jk­sen.

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