Coast Guard announce their rescue vessel has arrived!

It’s here! Our new Primary Rescue vessel has arrived in Tin Can Bay and is ready to get to work. Our various duty crews have given her the “once, twice and thrice over” and are pleased with her performance and accessories.

All that’s left is to name and commission her. Naming and commissioning services will be held on Saturday August 5, commencing at 12 noon followed by light refreshments. Members of the public are welcome to join us, as well as have a chance to inspect the new vessel.

Patron Tony Perrett, MP for Gympie, will be overseeing the commissioning and Mayor Mick Curran will officially name our vessel, which has been sponsored by the Gympie Regional Council.

Members of the council and Llew O’Brien, Federal Member for Wide Bay, as well as State Government and Opposition members have been invited. Representatives of the AVCG State and Sunshine Coast Squadron, Noosa Cat (builder) and corporate sponsors will be able to interact with the people of our region who helped raise the finances for this vessel. Come along and find out what almost $600,000 can get.

It NOT here, but over there! Please contact QF17 during working hours (6am-6pm) and request the new reference points for the Wide Bay Bay. A recent government survey of the WBB shows that the track has shifted some 250m over the past year.

Upcoming Boating Safety courses for the public:

Bar Crossing: Saturday August 19. The public are encouraged to bring their own boat if possible to gain hands-on experience. If unable to bring your own vessel you can still attend and join QF17 on one of their vessels for practice. Numbers are strictly limited, contact QF17 on 5486 4290

Recreational and Commercial Radio Operators Course: last third of August. Contact Base for details on 5486 4290.

Please feel free to contact us regarding volunteering some of your time to help keep our boats afloat. We are in need of radio operators, persons with administration experience, people who can help with fundraising, and anyone interested in learning about boating and help out on one of our vessels as a crew member.

In the meantime, remember to LOG on – and safe boating.