Coast Guard QF17 need community involvement and support

Tin Can Bay CoastGuard - Marine Assist sectorsPhilip Feldman – Flotilla Commander, QF17

Did you know, QF17 is run by volunteers and most of our income comes from donations? More than 90% of this income needed to maintain vessels, repair equipment, purchase fuel and plan for future replacements and mandated upgrades.

Our latest fundraiser is a fantastic raffle prize – two nights charter aboard one of the Tin Can Bay houseboats! Keep a look out for ticket sellers at the Tin Can Bay markets, Dolphin Arcade, BCF and various retails shops.

“We would like to thank the public and local businesses who support our efforts. Without YOUR support, QF17 couldn’t keep boats afloat.”

QF17 is looking for sponsors to help purchase a Thermal Imaging Camera. This will assist in rescue operations at night, in heavy fog or limited visibility. Last year we were called on six times to locate victims, but we didn’t have the capability to ‘see’.

We’ve had outstanding success with our community courses including First Aid, Beginners Introduction to Boating, Navigation Skills, White Water and Bar Crossing, and Marine Radio Use Certification.  More courses are scheduled for September. If you would like more information and to enrol, please contact QF17 on 5486 4290.

Base Stats:

  • Activations – 13
  • Value of the 13 vessels assisted – $170,000
  • Engine hours – 128
  • Radio calls – 1606
  • Vessels logged on – 331 (why wouldn’t you?)
  • Unit ‘Man’ hours – 2462

Contact us if you or anyone you know can spare a few hours per month to volunteer for radio, administration, fundraising or boat crew. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY. Please contact QF17 on 5486 4290.

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