BRAVERY, dedication and exceptional service have won Cockburn Sea Rescue a big award.
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.
Cockburn Sea Rescue commander Brad Nicholas (centre) with crew members Brian Kelly and Lachie Donaldson.
Commander Brad Nicholas with crew members Lachlan and Brain on the newest vessel in Cockburn Sea Rescue’s fleet.