Minister defends decision to revoke jet boat accreditation

THE office of Police and Emergency Services Minister Mike Gallacher has responded to questions concerning the revocation of Ballina Jet Boat's Primary Accreditation as an aquatic rescue vessel.

A spokeswoman for Mr Gallacher said rescue units which elected not to affiliate with Marine Rescue NSW under a single agency model from 2013 were audited.

"The audit identified deficiencies in training records, equipment and compliance with policy," the spokeswoman said.

"Ballina Jet Boat has not met the accreditation standards of the State Rescue Board and has indicated it has no intention of upgrading training to meet accreditation standards."

The spokeswoman said following the audit, the NSW Police Force recommended the de-accreditation of the unit which was considered and passed by the State Rescue Board in September 2013.

"Marine Rescue NSW advises that its existing units will be able to adequately cover the areas previously serviced by these units . . ."



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