Marine rescue covers Alpine lakes

THE First Marine Rescue NSW unit, based on the state's inland waters, is now operating on the Alpine lakes with the ability to attend other surrounding lakes in an emergency. The new unit joins the network of 45 units, based on the coastline from Point Danger to Eden.

Fifty volunteers have been trained up on both rescue vessels and the Unit will deliver increased boating safety services to the large local visiting community who enjoys the unique freshwater boating and fishing on the lakes.

There is one vessel stationed at Old Adaminaby and the other at Jindabyne.

The Alpine Lakes Unit held its first awards ceremony on Saturday February 2 at the Berridale Hall

Marine Rescue, Deputy Commissioner Heinz Mueller from Sydney, told members that Les Threlfo was asked more than three years ago by Marine Rescue NSW and the NSW Police to start up the first Inland Unit in NSW.

He was assisted greatly by the newly appointed Regional Commander for Monaro, Bob Herbert from Moruya and Southern Region Training Officer, Glen Sullivan from Batemans Bay.

Mr Threlfo is no stranger when it comes to running a volunteer Emergency organisations, he is very well respected throughout the Emergency Services organisations and much loved, trusted and respected by all the volunteers and the wider community.

He was the Unit Controller of the SES Snowy River Unit for more than 10 years receiving the Service Medal and awarded the SES Commissioner's Commendation Award for excellence and foresight. This award is the highest award given by the SES to a volunteer.

Members pictured in front of the working vessels were presented at the ceremony with their First Aid Certificates, Inland Operator Rating, Leading Crew Rating, Crew Members Rating, Administration and Trainers insignias.

The Deputy Commissioner went on to say that Marine Rescue is recognised worldwide and was accredited to do training.

Les Threlfo is the Unit Commander and Ann Forster is the Unit Deputy Commander and they head up the 50 plus membership base. Membership starts at 16 years for all those interested in gaining accredited qualifications and who want to be part of our team.

Members come from Adaminaby, Berridale, Cooma and Jindabyne and areas in between.

If you are interested in joining the newest local rescue organisation for some serious fun combined with lots of study and achievements, please call 0429 026 883.

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