MEMBER for Monaro John Barilaro presented Marine Rescue NSW Alpine Lakes Unit Commander Les Threlfo with GoPro Cameras to be fitted to the Rescue vessels for both Lake Jindabyne and Lake Eucumbene last Wednesday.
The NSW Government has provided two GoPro Cameras to the Alpine Lakes Marine Rescue Unit.
These cameras will not only support crew members in their training activities but will be ideal for promotional and recruitment opportunities.
Unit Commander Les Threlfo considers this new operational tool to be an invaluable learning opportunity for volunteers, especially for new recruits just to see what it is all about, he goes on to say that learning is always an ongoing process.
These cameras are mounted on the vessel and operate automatically so that crew members can do what they need to do during a rescue operation without interruption.
The cameras can also assist members to debrief or review what has been done and what can be done better.
It is essential that volunteers are well trained and are professional as they are called on at times to put their own safety at risk as they go to the assistance of other vessels in trouble on our Alpine Lakes.
The Alpine Lakes are known for its unique qualities especially during the colder weather, "COLD WATER KILLS" so it is important that before you go out in a boat that you are prepared and with your life jacket on.
Preparation is important before you start out for a great days fishing or other water activities and that you let others know what time they should expect you to return.
Marine Rescue NSW Alpine Lakes volunteers, often attend community events in the area, not only to sell raffle tickets to raise money for the unit, but now provide an information table for local boaters and visitors wanting to experience the beauty of the Alpine Lakes for themselves or just for a fish, safety on the lake is a priority, Unit Commander Les Threlfo said.