QF17 is currently finalising all the details for our compulsory “refit or replace” for our primary rescue vessel, the 4100 Noosa Cat, Cooloola Rescue.
We are still just a bit over $100,000 away from our final target and ask all members of the public and business community to support our fundraising activities.
Our monthly raffle of CoastWide BBQ Boat Hire for a day will begin again in February with the first draw being held in March. Ticket sellers will be at the TCB markets, BCF Gympie and of course at our base at Norman Point.
During the past month Coast Guard Tin Can Bay had 16 call outs for assistance. Crews were required to assist and tow vessels ranging in size from 4 meters to 20 metres, power and sail from afar as 20 Nm out to sea and as close as 0.5 Nm from our base.
In fact, a great percentage of breakdowns and assists occur within 5Nm of the assisted vessel’s departure point! Proving it pays to belong to Marine Assist for only $60 per year.
Although coast guard is a voluntary organisation and doesn’t charge for our services, we would hope to receive a donation to help offset our fuel expenses that are not covered by any government grant.
The 16 call outs to assist distressed mariners covered areas ranging from Double Island Point, Garry Anchorage and the southern stretches of Sandy Straits; they also required over 41 hours of running time for our engines as well as crew time.
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