CYCA Solas trusts donation to VMR Whitsundays.
Date: 17-Jan-2011 by: Dylan Sears
This is the first donation that Volunteer Marine Rescue Whitsunday is to receive from CYCA SOLAS Trusts, which was established after the tragic 1998 Sydney Hobart Yacht Race to assist search and rescue organisations Australia wide.
VMR Whitsunday operate a Marine Safety Net in the Whitsunday Islands from George Point in the north adjacent to Gloucester Island to Shaw and Thomas Islands in the south and East to the Outer Great Barrier Reef for an area of approx. 5000 square kilometres and is one of the busiest holiday boating areas in the world.
VMR1 carries out about 60 activations per year and can include serious rescue operations where there is real danger to life and limb or other marine mishaps, to simple towing of members vessels that have broken down or have suffered relatively minor mishaps.
Many activations are for medivacs from the nearby Whitsunday islands, usually after dark when the rescue helicopters are not called. VMR Whitsundays works with the local Water Police to transport police to incidents on the islands when their vessels are not available. VMR1 is also used to transport SES personnel to the islands in the cases of missing persons.
WHAT: CYCA Solas Trusts Chairman Matt Allen presenting VMR Whitsunday President Robin Salmon with donation cheque.
WHEN: 10am, Thursday 20 January 2011
WHERE: Able Point Marina, Shingley Drive, Whitsundays.
VISUALS: Presentation of cheque & VMR1 will be on display
By Jennifer Crooks. Image CYCA.