AT SEA: Tin Can Bay Coast Guard vessel Mount Rescue will be back in the water on Saturday.
AT SEA: Tin Can Bay Coast Guard vessel Mount Rescue will be back in the water on Saturday. Julie Hartwig

Mount Rescue back in the water after refurb

TIN CAN Bay Coast Guard is about to get back in the water with an old friend - vessel Mount Rescue.

For the past four months, the little boat has been stationed on dry land where it has been refurbished and repainted with funds raised by volunteers.

The vessel was first commissioned in 1997 and over the years it has taken part in search and rescue missions, saved too many lives to count and completed more expeditions to the Sandy Straits than many of the fleet.

To Coast Guard commander Colleen Johnson, Mount Rescue can be best described as a "real little workhorse".

"She's a great little boat, we use her in the shallow waters," Ms Johnson said.

"She's trained a lot of coast guard members.

"We can't wait to get her back in the water; she's everybody's favourite."

To celebrate the re-commissioning of Mount Rescue, the Coast Guard will be hosting an open day on Saturday, June 14.

Locals and out-of-towners are invited to join in the celebrations from 1pm at the Coast Guard Base at Norman Point, Tin Can Bay.

The ceremony will commence at 2pm followed by afternoon tea, a sausage sizzle and raffles.

Everyone will have the opportunity to tour the Base, check out the radio room and inspect the rescue vessels. It will be a momentous celebration for the vessel and its new lease of life on the water.

"She is our little lady with a lot of class, so if you see her on the water give her a big wave; you don't know when you will need her," Ms Johnson said.

Ms Johnson also wanted to thank all volunteers involved in the rebuild.

Gympie Times


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