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Christmas in July

Updated: Aug 7, 2021

The Group’s second General Meeting for the year was held on Sunday, 18 July 2021 with a good attendance from our volunteer members. Congratulations to two of our long servicing members who have provided exceptional loyalty, outstanding service and contributions to our Group as well as the broader boating community over an extended period of time. Both have demonstrated an attitude and demeaner that reflects dedication to the values of our Group and were rewarded for their commitment by being inducted as a Life Member. Congratulations to Chrissy Heu and Riff Reeve. We all applaud you on this magnificent achievement.

Our Christmas in July themed dinner after the meeting was enjoyed by all present. A BIG THANK YOU to the team at Family Affair Café who provided delicious catering. Our two very special Ladies – Marie and Jeannie – made all the dirty dishes shine and sparkle afterwards. Thank you to everyone involved for making the evening so enjoyable.

On Wednesday 14th July our comrades (Bob and Colin) from Marine Rescue Lancelin on a wet and windy morning picked up our Group vehicle to be utilised for their operations in Lancelin. Our Mitsubishi Triton was an awesome vehicle and no doubt will be more efficient and user friendly than Lancelin’s old group


A wonderful Christmas in July present arrived a few days later with the delivery of our Group’s new RAM 1500 petrol to tow our 7 metre RHIB vessel (Rescue Two), which will be completed in September this year. It will also be used for refuelling our vessels etc. Big thanks to Geraldton VMR who were unable to utilise it, and a big thank you to the Department of Fire and Emergency Services, Simon Miller and Mark Eatts, who made it all possible.

Another successful tow in occurred on Saturday, 24 July with Mike, Wayne and Eddie on board Rescue 1. A 44 ft crippled yacht needed assistance 14 nm S/W of Jurien in swells up to 5 metres. The rescue took over five hours - a slow trip back to Jurien at a towing speed of 1 – 5kn. Well done everyone.

Congratulations to Jurien Bay Parks and Wildlife on the delivery of their new vessel “MANYIN”. Members of our Group, Deputy Wayne and Bosun Mike, enjoyed a tour and a run out into the bay with Toby Larke (Parks and Wildlife) and guests. There was an awesome Smoke Ceremony and Welcome to Country to welcome the vessel. A good turn-out for the ceremony with a sausage sizzle to end the morning! Congratulations to all involved.

Please be aware that due to the recent inclement weather conditions, the tower may be unattended during our normal opening hours of 7am - 4pm. Rest assured that our wonderful Home Base Operators are continuing to look out for our boaties when the tower is closed - please continue to log on/off as per usual. If you are planning on coming down to the tower for any reason, it may pay to call first on 9652 1950 to make sure someone is in attendance.

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