A big, bright toy for VMR
WHAT better way to celebrate a birthday than with a big, bright new toy?
With 40 years of local service rolling over this year, Point Danger Volunteer Marine Rescue commissioned the latest member of its growing squadron on the weekend - a $160,000 boat.
Measuring 7.3 metres, the rigid hull inflatable boat has replaced a similar vessel that rolled and was wrecked during a rescue off Currumbin.
The unit had been forced to rely on one boat while they fundraised and sought donations to replace the wrecked vessel.
VMR spokesperson John Gnech said with more and more boats on Tweed waters, it was a relief to have the new boat up and running.
"With more than 10,000 boats crossing the Tweed Bar each year, it is comforting for our squadron to have a second offshore rescue vessel again," he said.
In front of politicians and supporters from both sides of the border, the new boat was finally commissioned on Saturday.
Tweed Shire councillor Max Boyd christened the boat Point Danger 2, after it was blessed by Tweed Heads reverend Canon Doug Stephens and Father Michael Brady.