Volunteer Marine Rescue needs you to dive into new role

VOLUNTEER Marine Rescue Hervey Bay needs new volunteers as more boaties head out on the water this winter.

VMR commodore Tom Hudson said the organisation needed some fresh workers.

"We'd love new younger people but what we've found with younger people is they only stay a short time," he said.

Commodore Hudson said events like the drowning of a man aged in his 70s last week highlighted that the services VMR offered were vital to boaties' safety.

"Last week we had that tragedy just outside the harbour," he said.

"As soon as we got the police call we were on the scene in three minutes but unfortunately by the time we got there it was already a tragedy."

Commodore Hudson said the cooler weather was a peak period on the water.

"Winter time would probably be one of the busier times because the weather is more conducive to people getting out there," he said.

"With the boats being more powerful and having more technology people are going further afield meaning if there's any dramas we have to go a lot further to bring them back."



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