Volunteer Marine Rescue Gladstone will be replacing our inflatable rescue boat (IRB) thanks to Aurizon’s Community Giving Fund. “Our area of responsibility is from Cape Capricorn in the north to Bustard Head in the south and 50 nautical miles seaward to reef islands” said Mike Lutze, President Volunteer Marine Rescue Gladstone.
“The IRB allows us to go into shallow areas or transport casualties from locations that don’t have landing or mooring facilities which extends the capability of our large rescue vessel, Gladstone I. This funding will help to replace our current IRB which is at the end of its useful life” said Mike.
Like other Volunteer Marine Rescue organisations around the state, Gladstone relies largely on income from membership fees, donations, and support from local companies.
Mike said “Receiving this grant from Aurizon is greatly appreciated and goes a long way to assist in continuing the great work of our volunteers in providing a rescue service for the local and visiting boating community”.