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Port Welshpool Coast Guard to the rescue

PORT Welshpool Coast Guard has recently acquired a 4100 series Noosa Cat as its primary search and rescue vessel. All interested public and friends are welcome to attend the official commissioning this Saturday the 10th of October 2015, 10:00am at the Old Port Welshpool Ferry Terminal.

Danny O’Brien Member for Gippsland South and the former Deputy Premier and Emergency Services Minister the Hon Peter Ryan and the Hon Kim Wells have played a crucial role in Port Welshpool Coast Guard receiving this vessel. Victoria police gifted the former water police vessel VP409 previously based at Paynesville. Chris Newman the Gippsland Squadron Commodore for Gippsland Squadron and Alan Rice Sergeant from Gippsland Water Police spearheaded the acquisition of the new vessel.

Combining additional crew safety /training capabilities, the vessel has;

  • Twin 370hp Volvo Penta Engines With Duo Props
  • Navigational equipment
  • Vastly improved bridge visibility
  • Excellent rear deck access with dive ladder and marlin board.
  • A chart table
  • Greater range and endurance capabilities
  • Enhanced crew and passenger facilities
  • Dedicated stretcher table
  • Head/shower/galley

This wonderful achievement came about by the recognition of our unique and at times demanding environment in the Wilsons Promontory area. The need for capable research vessel in this area will be welcomed by the community and recreational boating public. The vessel is built and maintained to Marine Survey Standard, this asset gives the Coast Guard a high standard training facility on water and will greatly assist building community resilience and safety in the area.


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