Scott Rawlings (rear right) and the crew check out the club’s new IRB.
Scott Rawlings (rear right) and the crew check out the club’s new IRB. Contributed

IRB arrives in time for summer

PALM Beach Surf Life Saving Club's brand new inflatable rescue boat (IRB) has arrived just in time for summer's patrols and the storm season.

The $16,000 boat donated by McLaughlins Lawyers was welcomed by the club at the weekend and president Scott Rawlings said it was not only Seventh Ave Palm Beach swimmers who would benefit from the new boat.

"The SES could call me at any point to assist with an emergency and the IRB has to be ready to go wherever it is needed," he said.

Surf clubs are now part of the State Emergency Services team and their IRBs are on 24-hour standby to assist with crises such as Brisbane's floods.

As reported previously in the Gold Coast Mail, Surf Life Saving Queensland is to become the first surf lifesaving group to be recognised in disaster management legislation.

IRB captain Troy Cling said the craft was a vital piece of lifesaving equipment.

"It's magic," Mr Cling said.

"It would have taken more than 18 months to fundraise the money from inside the club to purchase the new IRB."

Scott Pearson of McLaughlins Lawyers said his team donated money to a Gold Coast good cause on behalf of the Janina Marcus Estate each year.

"We source the people ourselves and we don't look for big charities," Mr Pearson said.

"We chose the Palm Beach club because the new IRB provides a community service."

The club is still in need of donations and sponsors.

Call 0407 733 977 to register your interest.



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