New vessel for Apollo Bay Ocean Rescue
Marine Search and Rescue (MSAR) volunteers in Apollo Bay have received their new search-and-rescue vessel, as part of the Victorian Government’s record $11.3 million investment in the sector.
Apollo Bay Marine Ocean Rescue received the 12-metre Stebercraft 40 vessel, which was formerly owned by Victoria Police earlier this week following refurbishment.
This vessel will significantly enhance the capability of Apollo Bay Ocean Rescue and will position the unit to meet the needs of the increasing boating activity in the region.
The upgraded vessel will ensure the committed and dedicated MSAR volunteers can continue to service their local community and assist other emergency service agencies.
The unit also received a grant to support their critical operations, with funding provided for 2017-18 and 2018-19.
The government is investing $11.3 million in the sector over two years, as part of a wider program of reforms to improve governance, standardise training and deliver better coordination between MSAR units.
The state-wide funding program includes more than $6.5 million to provide new search-and-rescue vessels, and about $4.75 million in operational funding to cover essential costs such as training, fuel, protective clothing, maintenance, equipment and insurance.