THE brand new Marine Rescue Narooma rescue vessel completed its third tow-in of a broken down fishing boat on Tuesday since it arrived earlier this month.
The Marine Rescue NSW Narooma unit on April 3 took delivery and launched its new 10.2-metre Naiad rescue vessel built by Yamba Welding & Engineering and powered by big twin 250hp Suzuki outboards.
It’s only the second of its kind in Australia and is packed with the latest technology, including military grade lighting function that turns everything black in the cabin for night searches.
The Naiad has the traditional rescue cabin style, a customised interior layout to suit the Narooma Marine Rescue unit and an impressive electronics package, including a FLIR system.
Tuesday’s rescue involved a fishing boat that started drifting away from Montague Island after losing power due to electrical problems inside the vessel.
Although it was launched at Bermagui, the vessel was towed back to Narooma without incident. The skipper of the 5.3 Bar Crusher was most grateful and made a $100 donation to the unit.
Earlier in the month, the new Naiad also towed in one of Narooma’s charter boats, proving its abilities to tow in larger vessels.
Unit commander John Young said the rescue vessel on Thursday will go up on the slip for its 20-hour service.
In other news, work on the unit’s new pontoon and mooring systems at Mill Bay continues with the Jet-ski platform also about to be installed.