Our coastal he­roes need com­mu­nity’s sup­port as well

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - LIFE -

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.

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