CASH INJECTION: The improved Midge Point VMR rescue vessel.
CASH INJECTION: The improved Midge Point VMR rescue vessel. Contributed

Midge Point made safer with grant

MIDGE Point boaties can feel a whole lot safer thanks to an improved Volunteer Marine Rescue vessel.

Paid for with a $25,000 gambling fund grant, the VMR boat now boasts a radar, thermal camera, LCD display, new radios, internal lighting, spotlights, a transceiver, new aerials and a solar panel.

A nose cone and security screens were also fitted.

President Gary Considine said the improvements would make their work safer for all involved.

"The new FLIR and navigation equipment will help the night work that we do and any time we are activated," he said.

"The nose cone was fitted to help avoid damage to the floatation bags in rough seas."

Mr Considine said the security screening would prevent theft.

"We have been targeted in the past where we were losing fuel while moored in the marina," he said.

The squad has also moved into the social media age, creating their own Facebook page.

To keep up to date with the squad search VMR Midge Point.

The squad thanked Twenty16 Communications, Hawkes Boatyard and Strathdickie engineering for completing the work, along with their dedicated sponsors.


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