Marine Rescue Narooma on track for pontoon

IT has been relatively quiet holiday period for Marine Rescue Narooma with one tow-in of a boat from the top of Wagonga Inlet on Sunday.

As it was high tide at the time, the Narooma bridge did have to be opened.

Another incident last week saw a boat from Batemans Bay lose its steering at the entrance to the Narooma bar crossing, which also required a quick tow-in from the rescue boat that just happened to be on a training exercise.

The radio room was busy this week as boaties enjoyed good weather and did the right thing by logging on.

Commander John Young said things were on track for the refurbishment of the unit’s berthing facilities at Mill Bay in time for the arrival of a new 10-metre rescue vessel in March.

The unit had just received approval from Marine Rescue headquarters to spend around $35,000 on removing the old dilapidated berth and installing two new pilings and a concrete anchoring point.

A second-hand aluminium floating pontoon has already been purchased for $11,000 while there are additional costs for transport and a new Jetski pontoon.

Mr Young said all of these expenditures had come out of the Narooma unit’s own savings collected from community donations.

And so the coffers to fuel and maintain the rescue craft are running pretty empty, but you can help by purchasing a raffle ticket or making a donation.

The unit operates a sausage sizzle at the Apex Park boat ramp on the weekends and is also showing off its latest fishing boat being raffled off in the Narooma Plaza car park on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

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