Our coastal heroes need community’s support as well
CALOUNDRA Coast Guard Deputy Commodore Tony Barker provided interesting insight into the work of local heroes when he addressed a recent VIEW Club dinner.
The marine rescue organisation has five flotillas based on the Sunshine Coast with 110 male and female members.
Volunteers receive professional training and rigorous assessment in survival-at-sea training and compliance with all maritime safety rules.
Families who wish to scatter their loved ones’ ashes at sea are assisted by the coast guard, which maintains a memorial wall on the Caloundra headland.
The service is also supported by volunteers who do not go to sea, but who operate radios, maintain vessels, manage the office and raise funds.
In spite of the service provided by the coast guard, it receives minimal government finance and is largely self-funded, continually struggling to finance the operation.
The Caloundra Coast Guard always seeks more volunteers and desperately needs a major sponsor to ensure the service can continue. To contact the Caloundra Coast Guard, based in Tripcony Lane, phone 5491 3533.