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New rescue boat launched
23 May 2017
One year ago today, the John Thompson (otherwise known as PS31) was launched in Taree. Since then she has been active on the water, performing many rescues and providing excellent training.
She is fitted with the very latest in navigation and rescue equipment, soon to be increased even further with the grant from the State Government for purchasing first aid gear.
MRPS receives funding boost
20 May 2017
Scot MacDonald, MLC, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, visited the dock where PS31 and PS30 are moored to present grants worth a total of over $12,000 to purchase new first aid equipment for use on our rescue vessels, and to run recruitment advertising for new members.
BCF Taylors Beach Barbecue
11 May 2017
BCF Taylors Beach will hold a Club Night for BCF Club Members and suppliers on 7th June 2017 from 1700-2100.
Marine Rescue Port Stephens volunteers will cook the free barbecue and seek donations from the invited attendees.
Nelson Bay Bowling Club
9 May 2017
Be there for the seafood raffle on Saturday 9 June. The Club is donating all proceeds from the raffle to Marine Rescue Port Stephens.
Be there and buy tickets to support Marine Rescue.
Sunday Telegraph features Marine Rescue and member, Laurie Nolan.
30 April 2017 (extract from story)
“Earlier this year volunteer, Laurie Nolan was the first to be honoured with the highest award for bravery in the line of duty for saving the lives of two crewmates during a wild storm that smashed the coast.
"Port Stephens volunteers were run ragged as they responded to mayday calls day and night from yachts caught in 50 knot (92 kph) wands and six-metre seas. During one ill-fated recovery mission, three freak waves knocked a 32-tonne rescue vessel on its side, pinning crew member Mr. Nolan, 67, to the deck and injuring others.
Once the boat righted itself, Mr. Nolan whisked one crewman with a dislocated shoulder into the safety of the cabin before cutting another loose from 30m of rope.
Mr Nolan’s selflessness was described as ”the finest demonstration of mateship and the Australian volunteer movement”
Annual Jaguar National Rally donates $500 to Marine Rescue Port Stephens.
26 March 2017
Marine Rescue Port Stephens benefited from the inaugural Jags Prowl Port Stephens held on 24-26th of March 2017 with an exhibition of over 200 Jaguars and prized vehicles held in Fly Park for the people of Port Stephens to view.
Marine Rescue Port Stephens mounted a display at Fly Point.
The three-day event was organised by popular PSFM 100.9 presenter, Ken White.
Women Who Sail Australia donate proceeds of their annual conference to Marine Rescue
9 April 2017
Women Who Sail Australia presented Marine Rescue Port Stephens with a donation of $4,200 as proceeds from their highly successful annual conference recently held at Broughton’s on the Bay, Nelson Bay.
Richard Pizzuto, a recent bravery award winner, from Marine Rescue Port Stephens addressed the well-attended gathering of women who sail on the dramatic events of January 6-7, 2016 when several racing yachts were rescued in deplorable conditions related to the East Coast low resulting in 21 Marine Rescue Port Stephens members being honoured for bravery and competence with Commissioners Awards.
Unit Commander Lee Uebergang commented how appreciative the Unit was of Women Who Sail helping to provide necessary safety equipment to Port Stephens to constantly upgrade its safety equipment to ensure that Marine Rescue Port Stephens can deliver its responsibilities to save lives on the water.
Marine Rescue Port Stephens relies on donations from bodies like Women Who Sail to make up the shortfall of over $150,000 annually not provided by Government.
In addition to this welcome donation to Marine Rescue the organisers, Ines Thomas and Shelley Winters also announced a further $4,000 would be donated to Sailors with Disabilities.
9 May 2017
On three Sundays in September, October and November, Marine Rescue Port Stephens will be operating the sausage sizzle, kindly provided by your headquarters for hardware and gardening needs, Bunnings.
You will be able to see our rescue crews in new roles as barbecue cooks!
Marine Rescue get surprise support!
Rainbow Bricks, the Lego User Group, have made a welcome donation of $1,500.
Rainbow Bricks conduct an annual LEGO display at Tomaree Education Centre which draws an audience from all over Tomaree.
This year we were their chosen charity to receive their profits from the event.
Love to see the PS31 “John Thompson” made out of Lego!
We sincerely thank them for their generosity.
See their web site www.rainbowbricks.com.au
Wests Diggers Fishing Club
Wests Diggers Fishing Club this week made a donation to Marine Rescue Port Stephens.