Ballina Jet Boat Rescue members celebrate winning the NSW Maritime Medal (from left) Ross Trease, Brian Quinn, Tim Chapman, captain Mark Puglisi, Brad Heard, Simon Fogarty, Gary Murphy and ; (from left on the side of the boat) Ross Trease, Brian Quinn and Tim Chapman.
Ballina Jet Boat Rescue members celebrate winning the NSW Maritime Medal (from left) Ross Trease, Brian Quinn, Tim Chapman, captain Mark Puglisi, Brad Heard, Simon Fogarty, Gary Murphy and ; (from left on the side of the boat) Ross Trease, Brian Quinn and Tim Chapman. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Medal for 40 years of saving lives

WHETHER it's boats overturning on the notorious Ballina bar, swimmers getting into trouble or police divers conducting a search operation, the good folk of the Ballina Jet Boat Surf Rescue service have been there to help for the past 40 years.

Now those years of service have been recognised with the crew being awarded a NSW Maritime Community Medal.

The award recognised "outstanding and sustained effort that benefits the general boating and/or maritime community of NSW".

"It is absolutely fantastic for the group," said service president Gary Murphy.

"But the medal is not just about the members there today, it is about the members past and present because it recognised our 40 years of service to the North Coast."

Mr Murphy said the crew can have their boat in the water at the Ballina bar in 10-15 minutes.

"So we are very proud that when a boat tips over on the bar and conditions aren't good our vessel is invariably the right boat for the job," Mr Murphy said.



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