Holiday period for Marine Rescue Camden Haven

Marine Rescue Camden Haven unit commander Ken Rutledge has commended the public for paying attention to conditions on the water. 

Recent strong winds and warnings, Mr Rutledge said, have prevented many visiting boats venturing out to sea in the region. 

“It’s rare for a holiday period to have so many strong wind warnings issued,” he said. 

Mr Rutledge said as of the week beginning January 7, conditions had improved but they might change again. 

Unfortunately, Mr Rutledge said, the north-easterly winds have brought a lot of red weed to the area which is ‘foul smelling’ and takes fish off the bite. 

The base located on Tunis Street location received an upgrade in 2018, to allow operators to have a clearer, more expansive view of the river.

The area also gives volunteers more space to carry out their tasks.  

The radios at the base were also upgraded, to keep the unit in line with technological advances.

Mr Rutledge said it’s important people remember to check the weather forecast before thinking of venturing out across bars, remember to log on with the local Marine Rescue unit and log off on return. 

“Our radio operators and boat crews are ready to assist if required.”

The unit is available 24-7 to be ready to assist those in need. 

Members have spent many hours fundraising to keep the unit operational.

For more information or to volunteer people can call the unit on 6559 7356. 

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