Local boaters will be safer on the water thanks to a new amphibious vessel for sea rescue operations, funded by a $161,000 NSW Government Infrastructure Grant.
Member for Terrigal, Adam Crouch, said the project would help Marine Rescue Central Coast volunteers rescue people who find themselves in distress in the ocean.
“The new vessel, known as sea legs, will be capable of accessing beaches, inland waterways and coves which are inaccessible for emergency services,” Crouch said.
“Due to its ability to be used on land and water, without requiring a separate trailer, the amphibious vessel will greatly reduce the time taken for volunteers to respond to an emergency,” he added.
Marine Rescue Central Coast Unit Commander, Roger Palmer, said: “Having this boat available will not only help the boating public but also our dedicated team of volunteers to access the Marine Rescue craft at The Haven in a safe and timely manner.”
Minister for Racing, Paul Toole, said the project was funded through the Infrastructure Grants program.
“More than $50m in funding is being provided during this current term of government for projects across sport and recreation, emergency preparedness, and arts and culture,” Minister Toole said.
Media release, Jan 24
Ben Sheath, Office of Adam Crouch MP