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Become a Volunteer
Ensuring that MR Kioloa and its rescue vessel Kioloa 20 have enough qualified volunteers presents a continuing challenge to the base and its small supporting community. In meeting this challenge MR Kioloa is seeking new volunteers to train as radio operators and boat crew. We’re on the lookout for people from a range of backgrounds aged 16 years or older who are keen to learn new skills in water safety, and experience the adventure of search and rescue aboard Kioloa 20. Click on the picture at left for application details.
Auxiliary members who can help out making crafts, jams, sauces and baking, and assisting on market days are always welcome.
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A QUICK WORD ON WEARING LIFE JACKETS
It was disappointing to see so many people launching from the ramp in small boats and not wearing life jackets over the holiday season. Marine Safety Regulation 2016 (NSW) states that each person on board a vessel under 4.8m (just under 15') in open waters must wear a life jacket (click the link in the left column for full details). If a vessel is longer than 4.8m, an appropriate life jacket for each person on board must be available. It is the operator of the vessel who is responsible for the wearing of life jackets, and will be in trouble if encountered by Maritime or Fisheries.
Marine Rescue NSW encourages the wearing of life jackets at all times.
On Easter Saturday, one of the busiest day of the year so far, we received a distress call from a vessel north of Brush Island who could not start his engine. KL20 was despatched with Coxswain John Stevenson and Leading Crew Lee Kennedy aboard and the vessel was easily retrieved and returned to the boat ramp.It was the first outing of KL20 with the newly installed Raymarine navigation system.
CONGRATULATIONS TO LOUISE AND JOHN
At the March base meeting there was cause for congratulations to 2 of our members. Unit Commander Louise Andrews was presented with her 15 year National Medal by ROM Bruce Mitchell and John Stevenson was presented with his certificate of achievement for passing his Coxswain rating by Louise Andrews.
Our annual Easter Saturday market was well attended by the visitors to our area. Here we see our boat crew Lee and John doing double duty on the BBQ prior to responding to the stricken vessel.