"Thungarra" Launch - Congratulations Marine Rescue Port Denison

Updated: Jul 10


On Saturday, 5 June 2021 Chrissy (Commander), Carla (Treasurer) and Dolly (Acting Secretary) travelled to Port Denison to attend the official launch and christening ceremony of Marine Rescue Port Denison's new vessel “Thungarra”.


Sandra Carr MLC said “this morning I had the privilege of representing Emergency Services Minister Reece Whitby MLA at the launch of new marine rescue vessel, the “Thungarra”. Port Denison delivered a beautiful morning for the occasion and it was great to accompany Commander Ross Barnett, Volunteer Marine Rescue WA Commander Jeff Howe ESM, Marine Services Manager Mark Eatts and Marine Rescue volunteers to officially launch the vessel.


Only three months old, Thungarra has already proven to be a great asset for Marine Rescue Port Denison when Thungarra was deployed last month in response to an EPIRB activation about 30 nautical miles west of Port Denison.


The vessel was named following a community survey. Thungarra is the Indigenous name for Dongara, which means ‘meeting place of seals’, which historically occurred at the mouth of the Irwin River and the ocean. Importantly, volunteers have been involved every step of the way in both the planning and construction of this 10-metre vessel. It is particularly pleasing that this vessel, worth more than $500,000 was fully funded through the Emergency Services Levy (ESL) and built here in Western Australia.”


Joy Pratt, who has been volunteering with Marine Rescue Port Denison for 31 years did the honours, with a bottle of champagne to officially welcome the vessel to its new home. Volunteers from neighbouring groups joined in the celebrations too along with Marine Rescue Geraldton, Department of Fire and Emergency Services WA, Marine Rescue Leeman and Marine Rescue Kalbarri.


Congratulations to Marine Rescue Port Denison on your new addition.


Invoices for the 2021 / 2022 financial year are being prepared and will be sent to Boat Members over the next few weeks by email as this saves time and money. If you have not registered your email with us, or you do not have an email address, the invoice will be sent by mail to the postal address on our records. If you have changed your details since last year, please contact us with your new details. If you have sold your boat and bought a new one, please advise us. Or maybe you have sold your boat and no longer wish to continue as a member. It is important that we have your correct details on file, so please help us to update our records. Our phone number is 9652 1950 or pop down to the Marine Rescue Tower and advise one of our volunteers.


When making a membership payment at the Bendigo Bank or another Financial Institute, please ensure that your Jurien Call Sign and name are included on the payment slip.




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