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A Very Busy Labour Day Long Weekend

The long weekend of 4 – 6 June was a busy time with several incidents requiring our assistance. On Friday, 3 June, an 18M ex-cray boat needed assistance 6 nautical miles west of Cervantes. Unfortunately, both our rescue vessels are unable to cope with a vessel this size. After a few phone calls to our local contacts in Cervantes namely Neville Williams, Kingsley Miller, Ken Davidson and Wack at the Cray Depot, we eventually contacted Joe at the Cervantes Lobster Shack who organised a cray boat and a crew was deployed. Thank you to all involved. The skipper of the disabled vessel was extremely grateful.

At 1230 hrs the same day Rescue 2 was deployed with Mike Cockburn, Chrissy Heu and Craig Hamann onboard to attend a vessel, with three adults and one child on board, which had fuel problems. A short ride only as it was anchored between Favorite Island and our tower.

At 1315 hrs Rescue 2 was deployed again with the same crew for training on rafting etc. A big thank you to Allan Lowe who was our radio operator for the afternoon.

On Saturday, 4 June, at 1400 hours Rescue 1 was deployed with Wayne Harston, Mike Cockburn and Craig Hamann on board. They travelled 12 nautical miles west to assist a 6 metre centre console with engine problems. The vessel had contacted our tower by phone and the reception was intermittent so make sure that you have the necessary marine radio on board. You cannot always rely on a mobile phone. A big thank you to our Crew Members and Radio Operator, Allan Franke.

On Monday, 6 June, at 1100 hours Rescue 2 was deployed with Mike Cockburn, Chrissy Heu and Graham Latter onboard to attend a 6 metre centre console with engine problems again. The vessel was safely towed back to Jurien.

Skipper - Wayne Harston

Tuesday, 7 June, at 1030 – 1400 hours, Rescue 1 was deployed with Wayne Harston, Graham Latter and Craig Hamann onboard to assist a yacht (sloop) with mechanical problems located about half way to Cervantes. The vessel had one person onboard and was travelling to the Abrolhos. Before towing could be underway the anchor had to be cut and the vessel was towed safely to Cervantes. A huge thank you to Andrew, the Skipper, for his generous donation of $150.00 which will go towards our pontoon project. Big thanks to our operators Jan Ackland, new member Kym Vukusich and Eve Trutwein and boat crew. Thank you also to both Mick and Jan Ackland for their assistance in refuelling Rescue 1 on arrival back in Jurien Bay. Awesome outcome everyone.

Craig Hamann
Graham Latter

The Group’s first General Meeting for 2022 was held on Sunday, 29 May and was well attended by our volunteer members. It was an opportunity for new members Mick Burdon, Craig Hamann and Fiona Weston to meet our crew and radio operators while enjoying the delicious and plentiful finger food supplied by Family Affair Café. A huge thank to the team at Family Affair for their enjoyable catering.

Thanks to James Cohen from Jamstar Services for his very kind donation of $300 towards our Jetty Fundraising Appeal. It is very much appreciated by all of us.

Our Fundraising Update: We are still fundraising to complete the installation works on our new Floating Pontoon Jetty. We have now raised $6,895 of our $20,000 target. THANK YOU so much to all who have donated - it is very much appreciated by all of us at Marine Rescue Jurien Bay. The basic Jetty has now been installed. The next part is the installation of the concrete abutments, paths, ramps, lights, power, water and fencing - all of which will still cost around $30,000+ to complete. Any help you can give us would be very much appreciated. If you can help us out with a donation, big or small, every little bit helps towards us being able to keep our local and visiting boating community safe on the ocean.

Donations can be made directly through our bank account (online or via Bendigo Bank)


BSB: 633000

Account number: 130529498

or through this PayPal Donate Button

(Donations are FEE FREE using this, so we receive every cent that you give!)

or in person at our Rescue Tower, 34 Breakwater Drive, Jurien Bay.

We would like to congratulate Mr Ian Stiles being awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for his unlimited service and support to the Jurien Bay Community. Well done Ian – a very deserved recipient.

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