Volunteer Marine Rescue Jacobs Well QLD receives SOLAS Trusts donation

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  • By Louise Bashford
  • 23 Nov 2014 00:00:00
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Volunteer Marine Rescue - Jacobs Well Qld - Rescue Vessel, Beenleigh 2

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CYCA SOLAS Trusts has provided Volunteer Marine Rescue, Jacobs Well Queensland with $15,695 to repower their rescue vessel Beenleigh 2 with two new 150 Mercury four stoke outboard motors.

The donation will allow the replacement of their secondary rescue vessel, Beenleigh 2's two existing Mercury outboard engines, that have completed in excess of 500hrs with two new Mercury outboard engines. 

Mr John Ranizowski, President of Marine Rescue Jacobs Well said "The rescue of our boating community would not have been possible without the help of the CYCA SOLAS Trusts, a true lifesaver." 

The Volunteer Marine Rescue, Jacobs Well, QLD, has been in operation since 1979 when it was originally known as Beenleigh Air Sea Rescue.    They cover the Southern Moreton Bay Islands from Lamb Island in the North to the North Arm of the Coomera River in the South.   They also cover Jumpinpin Pin Bar, offshore waters east of North and South Stradbroke Islands along with the Logan and Albert Rivers.   

The Squadron base is situated at Jacobs Well, an older and some would say less developed area although they are situated between Horizon Shores and Calypso Bay Marinas.  

The Volunteer Marine Rescue, Jacobs Well primary role is Search and Rescue and Qld Ambulance Service First Response on the water.   However, they also assist with groundings, flat batteries, break downs or vessels which are out of fuel.

CYCA SOLAS Trusts Chairman Matt Allen announced the funding: “We are very pleased to provide Volunteer Marine Rescue, Jacobs Well with their first donation to purchase these vital new outboard engines.

This grant achieves one of the goals of the CYCA SOLAS Trusts - to actively contribute to key volunteer marine, search and rescue organizations Australia-wide,” Allen said.

The CYCA Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Safety of Life at Sea Trusts (SOLAS) was set up as a charitable trust in 1999 as a result of the tragic events of the 1998 Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. The CYCA SOLAS Trusts objectives are to:

• Provide assistance (financial and other) to immediate families of those lost at sea during  Yachting Australia sanctioned races

• Make donations and provide support to search and rescue organisations

• Foster and fund research and training to improve safety and rescue procedures and equipment used in ocean races.

Since they were established in 1998 following the loss of life in the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race that year, the Trusts have donated more than $920,000 to organisations Australia-wide and the Trusts continues to explore new organisations to support.

By Louise Bashford, CYCA Media

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