Tamar Sea Rescue

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In Round 35, Tamar Sea Rescue received $90 000 from the TCF to purchase a rescue vessel, replacing the ageing vessel which was restricting the group’s rescue capability.

The group officially launched the new boat on 1 July 2018.

Tamar Sea Rescue operations manager Matthew O’Neil said circumstances changed for the organisation in 2017 with the cessation of a major funding source, putting the purchase of the new vessel at risk.

‘We contacted the TCF expecting the project to be scrapped, but the TCF team worked with the volunteers to come up with an alternative proposal based on a new-used vessel we sourced in Queensland,’ he said.

‘We went from purchasing a brand-new vessel for an almost $500 000 project, to sourcing a used vessel for $150 000. It was important that the alternative vessel was a good investment and this one had been built in 2006, and only used on average 20 hours a year, and had been re-powered in 2013.’

The Tamar Rescue team feel extremely fortunate to have found such an under-utilised vessel that met their needs, as well as being in a position to put a deposit down to secure the purchase while they worked with the TCF to revise their application.

‘We would have been understanding if the TCF had not allowed it to go ahead, but they worked with us to make it happen,’ Mr O’Neil said.

‘All of this wouldn’t have been possible without them.’

Tamar Sea Rescue vessels did more than 150 hours on the water last financial year and 39 separate trips, including rescues, towings, attending breakdowns and training for our volunteers.

‘We have doubled the number of skippers and crew to use the vessel and we are training more volunteers so we can increase our rescue capabilities,’ Mr O’Neil said.

‘This is a search and rescue asset for the north of the state that is making a difference in the community.

‘It can go 30 nautical miles offshore and is an asset that is called upon by Tasmania Police for search and rescue. We also train with Ambulance Tasmania, St John Ambulance and work with Fish Care Tasmania and a local Scouts group.’