SAFE WATERS: Gladstone Volunteer Marine Rescue chief controller Jim Purcell is encouraging interested people to sign up.
SAFE WATERS: Gladstone Volunteer Marine Rescue chief controller Jim Purcell is encouraging interested people to sign up. File

Plea for volunteers as Marine Rescue celebrates milestone

THE Gladstone Volunteer Marine Rescue service is celebrating 30 years since it was formed on Saturday, July 13.

Current president and duty controller Jeff Kidner said the valuable service had been unofficially around for 42 years.

But was officially put into action 30 years ago.

The team has been going through a rebuilding phase of late, with many older volunteers having retired and moving away from the area.

This meant it was up to younger volunteers to pick up where the previous volunteers left off, but Mr Kidner said it was not always that simple.

"A lot of our older members took advantage of the housing boom and now they've retired," he said.

"But the problem is that a lot of our younger, more active members are fully employed so it's a bit tricky at times."

Mr Kidner said the local marine service averaged about 100 rescues a year.

The volunteer service recently upgraded its operating base, with a new building now down on the marina at the boat ramp to reduce response times.

The Gladstone VMR will hold an open day on Saturday, July 13, in the hope of enticing new members and encouraging them to consider signing up.



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