RFS donate new Fire Pump to HRR

Hawkesbury River Rescue have gratefully received a new pump donated by RFS to replace the fire pump on Spirit of Brooklyn
Now equipped more efficiently with mobilisation to fight fires that may flare up on the Wobby shore. This pump will be invaluable to contain or extinguish a fire until the RFS arrive, generally 15 minutes.


VRA & RFS unite at Wobby

Sunday 19th February 2017 a training day was held at Wobby Beach with RFS, CFU (Wobby Beach) and Hawkesbury River Rescue (VRA).

Training primarily encompassed fire pump usage on board the Spirit of Brooklyn.

A great training day was had by all followed by a bbq with a terrific attendance of 25 members.fullsizerenderimg_0486

Christmas in July 2017

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12 midday – Peat Island Base – 22nd July

BBQ, Fundraising Auction of Fabulous items donated by local businesses to refurbish our Rescue vessel – Spirit of Brooklyn (SOB)

All members will receive an invitation – non members ‘like’ and follow us on Facebook

Emergency Assistance

Hawkesbury River Rescue Inc. provides round the clock emergency assistance for boaters and water-access residents. We appreciate your donations that help us with fuel and running repairs to our rescue boat SPIRIT OF BROOKLYN.

Our next big event for members, friends and guests will be Christmas in July – 22nd. Our regular fundraising auction has some truly wonderful items donated by residents and businesses up and down the coast.

More news as it comes to hand.

Safety Boat Duty

On Saturday and Sunday, 29-30 October, SPIRIT OF BROOKLYN will stand-by the Rail Bridge over the Hawkesbury River, providing safety duty for necessary repairs to the Bridge.

Active members Bill Glover, Fiona Mullen, Gil Lobendahn and Pat Woolley will assist between 6am and 6pm each day.

Report from the Bridge no. 4

Report from Bob Brownrigg, HRR President

The Spirit of Brooklyn was involved in the rail bridge inspection by State Rail as a safety boat and was an outstanding success. A very well done to our volunteer crews who demonstrated excellent seamanship in a professional manner.

June also saw our newer members attending the marine radio course went off quite well 100% success in results. We now have 6 more members with Marine Radio Operator qualifications.

Squad members Warren Illes and Rod Wong have been running several weekends of working bees on the Spirit of Brooklyn. Rod totally rewired the electrics including replacing antennas.

And finally the Spirit fo Brooklyn was passed for survey by the RMS.

Unusual rescues…

The rescues and calls for assistance have been regular through February and March 2015. Often we have been able to assist just by giving confidence that the vessel broken down will not be unattended if needing rescue, and a couple of times before we could get to the vessel, the caller had restored engine power and were underway again. It does make a difference when in trouble if you feel secure that you will not be forgotten and therefore can relax and think clearly on how to fix the problem at hand. Confidence can move mountains…certainly sometimes even start engines again!

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Al with the crew of the Cessna at Sandy Beach, south of Little Wobby.

Then there was the rescue of a 1958 Cessna Sea Rescue Plane! Thanks to a tip off from our Vice President Gail, we were able to assist and take care of not only the plane, but her pilot and crew who stayed the night in the comfort of Al and Hilary’s guest cottage. Bob and Felicity saved the day by very kindly vacated their mooring for Sedna at 2300 hours to allow the Cessna to moor up for the night.


Spirit Of Brooklyn dropping off the crew in the morning, and on standby to make sure all was in order for take off.

The VRA/HRR have made a real friend of the Seaplane Pilots Association of Australia and their gratitude was expressed in a letter by Chairman, Phillip Dulhunty OAM.

Going the extra yards makes the difference and its for this reason the Hawkesbury River Rescue is going to become the most important rescue resource on the River for our Community.