Life raft security for vmr rescue crews

Point Danger VMR members Glenda Ashby and Ray Well with Cr Chris Robbins.
Point Danger VMR members Glenda Ashby and Ray Well with Cr Chris Robbins.

A GOLD Council City Council grant for Volunteer Marine Rescue (VMR) Point Danger to purchase a life raft will improve safety for crew members in rescue operations.

VMR crew member and media liaison officer Tony Cavanagh said the Council grant of $3200 covered the cost of purchasing an eight- person life raft for the rescue vessel Twin Towns Point Danger 1.

“We applied for the safety equipment for crew members in the event of an incident where the rescue vessel is damaged,” Mr Cavanagh said.

Division 14 councillor Chris Robbins said it was one of those grants you give and hope they never have to use it.

“It is just one of those things they have to have, and if anything does happen to the crew they can come out of it safely,” Cr Robbins said.

“I am very pleased Council was able to provide this vital piece of equipment. It is self-inflatable and has medical equipment on board as well as water and other things the crew may need.”

VMR Point Danger was formed in January 1965 and was originally known as the Tweed-Coolangatta Air Sea Rescue, but changed its name in 1997.

Operating in Queensland and New South Wales for 44 years, the rescue crew travel as far north as Currumbin, as far south as Bruns- wick Heads and as far out to sea as directed by police.

VMR has 140 volunteer members rostered on duty at their Pt Danger headquarters 24 hours every day of the week, every day of the year.

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