New Lifesaving Equipment for South Coast Clubs

Dec 5, 2011 by

Four Shoalhaven Surf Life Saving clubs have launched into the new patrol season rescue – ready thanks to a grant from the Veolia Mulwaree Trust. The $14,942 grant was used to purchase four new inflatable rescue boat (IRB) engines to assist surf life savers from Shoalhaven Heads, Nowra-Culburra, Sussex Inlet and Mollymook clubs to be fully equipped and able to respond to any emergencies in the coming season.

“We understand the positive impact the South Coast Surf Life Saving Clubs have on our community and are happy that our contribution will ensure ongoing community safety,” said Mr Paul Stephenson, Chairman of Veoli

a Mulwaree Trust, at a presentation on Sunday 20th November.

IRBs are the fastest and most effective equipment for surf rescue in Australia, as they can quickly transport victims to shore where they can receive immediate first aid treatment if required.

Steve Jones, the South Coast Branch President is thrilled with the replacement engines. “Our IRBs will be fully functioning and we can continue to prevent loss of life and minimise danger thanks to the Veolia Mulwaree Trust” Mr Jones said.

“The Shoalhaven area is popular with tourists and locals, with the four clubs benefitting from this grant watching over almost 60,000 visitors on its beaches last season. The use of effective and reliable equipment is vital.”

The goal for Surf Life Saving as an organisation is to have zero preventable deaths on our coastline. “The upgrade of our IRBs may bring the South Coast Branch closer to achieving this,” says Mr Jones.