Local Indigenous youth from Great Lakes College popped into Marine Rescue Forster-Tuncurry to see how the organisation operates last Friday, December 1.
The boys were divided into two groups.
One group was given a talk by training officer, Michael O’Halloran who explained how the organisation supports people on the water; how it monitors boats which have logged on via the Seahawk system, how it handles any rescues on the water and how it provides information and guidance to the boating public.
Michael emphasised the importance of safety equipment for boats, in particular, the use of life jackets, Epirbs and flares.
The boys also were given a tour of the radio room where they could observe radio operators in action and use some of the binoculars and telescope.
While this was happening, the other group was given a comprehensive tour of the seagoing rescue vessel, the “Cape Hawke” and a brief introduction to some of the equipment on board including the navigation system, first aid equipment, radar and the infrared camera.
The boys were given a hands-on chance to use the radio to contact the base.
The visit was particularly aimed at indigenous youth to introduce them to aspects on vessel water safety, our rescue service and some of the technical aspects of boats and marine radios.
It is hoped to expand the program with other young people into the future.