New boat will be boost to ser­vice

Big­ger, bet­ter and safer for VMR

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

AF­TER count­less bar­be­cues, blues ses­sions and big do­na­tions, Vol­un­teer Marine Res­cue Whit­sun­day is get­ting their new boat.

The 12-me­tre, twin 425hp en­gine pow­ered Noosa Cat 4400 Fly­bridge is an im­pres­sive ma­chine, sure to be a sig­nif­i­cant boost to the res­cuers when it ar­rives in early 2016.

VMR Whit­sun­day pres­i­dent Ray Lewis said the new boat would make our lo­cal wa­ters safer for ev­ery­one.

“The new boat will be a huge step for­ward for VMR Whit­sun­day, and will be big­ger, safer and more com­fort­able in a wider range of condi- tions than the cur­rent boat,” he said. “We be­lieve that the Noosa

Cat 4400, which was cho­sen af­ter an ex­ten­sive 12 month quo­ta­tion and eval­u­a­tion process, will al­low VMR Whit­sun­day to pro­vide a higher level of sup­port to Queens­land Po­lice, Queens­land Am­bu­lance Ser­vice and Whit­sun­day is­land re­sorts, as well as the lo­cal and vis­it­ing boating com­mu­nity.”

It’s easy to see how these im­prove­ments will be re­alised through the new boat, as VMR Whit­sun­day cur­rently ser­vices more than 13,000sq km of Whit­sun­day and in­ter­na­tion- al wa­ter.

With the new craft cost­ing more than $800,000, Mr Lewis said the pur­chase was a com­mu­nity ef­fort in­clud­ing a $100,000 do­na­tion from Ro­tary.

“That is added to $160,000 from the state through Marine Res­cue Queens­land, and the bal­ance has been raised through spon­sor­ships, do­na­tions and call­out fees,” he said.

To celebrate the pur­chase of the ves­sel, VMR Whit­sun­day is of­fer­ing 20 per cent off its mem­ber­ships in the lead up to Fa­ther’s Day on Sun­day, Septem­ber 6.

Noosa Cat 4400 Fly­bridge.

TO THE RES­CUE: Vol­un­teer Marine Res­cue Whit­sun­day will soon have a new res­cue ves­sel – the

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