A new vessel just in time for the busy season

New rescue vessel Gladstone Rescue 1. Picture: Contributed.

They say good things come to those who wait!

On 29 November, our new rescue vessel Gladstone Rescue 1 steamed into the Gladstone Harbour.

“It was an honour to be met by our current fleet of three rescue vessels,” Jeff Caldwell, VMRG President said.

“The crew on the new vessel had a dream run from Hervey Bay into Gladstone.

“While this has been a long-term project with a few delays along the way, all feedback has been positive, and the new rescue vessel is a welcome addition to the fleet.”

Our current Gladstone 1 has been an amazing work horse, having been built in 2006 and meticulously maintained by the crew over the years.

She has served boaties and the local community well on many rescues and a variety of other activities undertaken by the squadron and will soon be retired.

“There will be a period of familiarisation and training for all of our on-water team as they get to know the features of the new rescue vessel and how she handles,” Jeff said.

“I would personally like to thank all of the volunteers who have been part of the project that has resulted in making this new rescue vessel a reality.

“It has been a long process from start to finish and there have been many people who have provided input and feedback.”

While not yet officially launched, you will start to see the new Gladstone Rescue 1 out and about on the water.

Summer is here!

While we have seen the early arrival of summer over the last few weeks with the high temperatures and a few storms, summer is officially here.

It’s a good time to remember to check the weather before you head out, check your safety gear, and make sure you have enough fuel for your trip and also a bit more.

Tell someone where you are going and when you will be back.

Anyone can log on and off with VMR Gladstone on VHF 82, and if you are a member, you also have the option to log on and off online.

We all know that the boating and fishing is great in Gladstone and that holiday time is approaching, so expect to see a lot more people in the area getting out on the water.

Keep your cool at the boat ramp and keep a proper lookout on the water.

VMR Gladstone would like to wish everyone a happy and safe summer on the water.