Latest lifesaving tool for popular WA coastline revealed

  • Geraldton-based company delivers new marine rescue vessel
  • $600,000 vessel funded through Emergency Services Levy
  • Additional new floating pontoon will reduce response times

Marine Rescue Jurien Bay has officially welcomed a new vessel to its fleet, giving the group greater capacity to undertake long-distance rescues.

Emergency Services Minister Stephen Dawson and Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Darren Klemm AFSM today attended a naming ceremony for the 10-metre rigid-hulled inflatable boat, named Ocean Watch for its capability to travel great distances offshore.

The modern vessel is fitted with the latest marine technology including a radio detection finder to pinpoint the direction of an EPIRB, essential in remote ocean rescues.

It also has an inbuilt infrared camera to identify people in the water, particularly during night rescues.

Ocean Watch was purpose-built by local company Dongara Marine, with marine rescue volunteers contributing to its design.

The new vessel replaces a nine-metre catamaran that served the local community for 17 years, contributing to the rescue of three people when a boat capsized in rough waters last May.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services and Marine Rescue Jurien Bay jointly funded a new floating pontoon where the vessel will berth. It will be based at the group’s headquarters, allowing volunteers to deploy quicker and reducing response times.

In the past year, Marine Rescue Jurien Bay has responded to 55 incidents totalling more than 290 volunteer hours.

As stated by Emergency Services Minister Stephen Dawson:

“Ocean Watch is a great addition to Marine Rescue Jurien Bay’s fleet and strengthens their ability to protect people using this incredible coastline.

“Volunteers are deployed to incidents at a moment’s notice so providing them with the best available tools will help them get to people in an emergency situation more efficiently.

“The Cook Government is making sure volunteers have the enhanced technology they need to keep themselves and the community safe.”

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