Christmas comes early to Marine Rescue Eden

The crew at Marine Rescue Eden celebrated another year of looking after the boating community with a Christmas luncheon. Photo: Supplied
The crew at Marine Rescue Eden celebrated another year of looking after the boating community with a Christmas luncheon. Photo: Supplied

It may be the end of another busy for Marine Rescue Eden but the volunteer crew have plenty look forward to as the new year approaches.

Christmas has come early for the team at the Eden headquarters with significant upgrades currently underway including new radio and computer systems which are set to be up and running by the end of this week.

Deputy Unit Commander Stuart Manson said the system has arrived just in time to play a vital role in covering the annual Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.

"We are the last point of contact before the yachts head out onto Bass Strait, the new technology will play a part in avoiding major disasters like those of the 98' race."

Other renovations to the building include new cabinetry and flooring.

Mr Manson said plans are in place to refurbish the meeting room as well as the addition of a shower and toilet and cladding to the outside of the building.

He said 2019 has been a very productive year for the service with a handful of new volunteers joining over the last few months.

"Volunteers operate the radio room 12 hours a day and provide an invaluable service to the local boating fraternity as well as the large number of vessels that are in transit through Eden.

"We're always on the lookout for more volunteers young and old," he said, reminding the public the service provides excellent training for all new volunteers.

For more information about volunteering with Marine Rescue Eden call 649 621 67.