TWO Eurobodalla Marine Rescue crews combined forces at the weekend to refine search techniques for a safer boating season.
Tuross Head unit commander Blaise Madden said his crew’s newer recruits learned from the more experienced Narooma crew.
The search and rescue exercise on Tuross Lake used three Tuross rescue boats and two Narooma jet skis, with ten Tuross and seven Narooma members taking part.
“It was tremendous training for search patterns on the lake,” Mr Madden said.
“We will be slotting in more regular training exercises, both in the lake and off shore.”
His crew is responsible for search and rescue operations on Tuross and Coila lakes and offshore to 12 km.
Narooma’s training team explained the mandatory training, qualifications and experience needed to crew a rescue vessel.
The crews were presented with an emergency scenario and then searched the broad water and foreshore of the lake, opposite the caravan park, using the “line ahead” technique.
“All vessels formed up in a line abreast and swept the area back and forth across the broad water,” Mr Madden said.
“A Narooma jet ski was tasked to search close inshore on several occasions.”
After debriefing, the crews agreed to another joint exercise offshore.
Mr Madden thanked the Narooma crew for its planning and training.
“Both units learnt a lot about coordinating a search and rescue, as well as gaining valuable experience,” he said.
However, Mr Madden has appealed for more volunteers, particularly those willing to undergo rescue training.
“We have three vessels and in a big emergency we might have difficulty getting crews for all three,” he said.
“We have a lot of support personnel, but we need people who are willing to undergo the marine rescue training. “
Phone Mr Madden on 0448 932 011 for details.