Res­cuers re­warded

BRAV­ERY, ded­i­ca­tion and ex­cep­tional ser­vice have won Cock­burn Sea Res­cue a big award.

Cockburn Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

COCK­BURN Sea Res­cue was recog­nised for its ex­cep­tional ser­vice at the Vol­un­teer Ma­rine Res­cue Ser­vice awards last month.

The group re­ceived the Depart­ment of Trans­port Award for Ex­cel­lence in Ma­rine Safety.

This award cel­e­brates the vol­un­teer group’s per­sis­tent pro­mo­tion of ma­rine safety ini­tia­tives and its skills, team­work and brav­ery in keep­ing boaters safe over the past 12 months.

Cock­burn Sea Res­cue com­man­der Brad Ni­cholas said this was the first time the group had re­ceive an award of this kind.

“It’s good recog­ni­tion for our crew, that we are do­ing what we are sup­posed to be do­ing and that is pro­mot­ing ma­rine safety,” he said.

“We are all vol­un­teers and there is an aw­ful lot of be­hind the scenes work that goes on; it’s not just be­ing on boats and play­ing boats.”

The Ex­cel­lence in Ma­rine Safety award came with a $5000 do­na­tion which the group in­tends to use to re­vamp its crew quar­ters.

This year Cock­burn Sea Res­cue has at­tended about 230 call outs from tows and me­chan­i­cal break­downs to swim­ming sky­divers who missed their tar­get.

The vol­un­teer or­gan­i­sa­tion, of about 30, runs 24/7 and can be con­tacted on 0409 103 029.

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Cock­burn Sea Res­cue com­man­der Brad Ni­cholas (cen­tre) with crew mem­bers Brian Kelly and Lachie Donaldson.

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Com­man­der Brad Ni­cholas with crew mem­bers Lach­lan and Brain on the new­est ves­sel in Cock­burn Sea Res­cue’s fleet.

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