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.
We invite you to come along and join in the fun!
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.