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VMR hervey bayMarine Rescue Hervey Bay needs half-a-million dollars to build a new response boat and continue serving the community as reported by the Fraser Coast Chronicle.

Hervey Bay RSL, Marine Rescue’s largest boat is now four years past its use-by date of ten years.

Rescue vice commodore Jill Barclay said the boat was showing signs of age.

“RSL rescue is primarily used for medivacs from Fraser (Island) and search and rescues,” she said.

“We can put a stretcher onboard but it involves taking the back panel out and sliding the stretcher onto the chart panel.”

To make the ride more comfortable for patients, Ms Barclay said the unit had started plans to fundraise for a new state-of-the-art boat.

The unit requires about $500,000 to build a fully fitted boat and complete works on the base to fit it on the dock.

“It’s a bit more than a few sausage sizzles,” Ms Barclay joked.

“We know it will take a while to raise the funds”.

Last week Queensland Emergency Services Volunteers deputy commissioner Mike Wassing toured the base to talk with volunteers about their plans.

An infrastructure committee was formed to work out what is required on the new boat, which is hoped to be several metres longer than the existing RSL rescue. To read more click here.

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