MARINE RESCUE: Commander for Evans Head Ron follers and radio operator Joe Celich in the Marine Rescue Tower overlooking Evans Head beaches and ocean. Photo Samantha Elley / Rivertown Times
MARINE RESCUE: Commander for Evans Head Ron follers and radio operator Joe Celich in the Marine Rescue Tower overlooking Evans Head beaches and ocean. Photo Samantha Elley / Rivertown Times Samantha Elley

Rescuers send out SOS

WANT to work where you can get the best view in Evans Head, if not the whole east coast?

Marine Rescue is willing to provide panoramic ocean vistas and plenty of training to those who think they can handle the challenge of weather extremes, interrupted meals, long hours and no tax benefits.

"We currently have 18 unpaid workers, which means we are a bit down on numbers," Marine Rescue Commander Evans Head Ron Follers said.

"This means we have to do more shifts and the boat crew have to 'be ready' (on call) more times than usual."

Cmdr Follers said another 12 volunteers would get them out of real bother.

"When people join Marine Rescue they are told they have to get their radio and boat licences," he said.

"The radio licence takes about six weeks to get.

"If we get enough people, shifts can be broken down to six to 12 hours per month."

Cmdr Follers said at the moment volunteers were doing 24 hours a month.

In a worst-case scenario situation where volunteers weren't forthcoming Cmdr Follers said services from Marine Rescue Evans Head would become very limited.

"We would lose our boat and become strictly radio help where we would need to call for help from Ballina or Iluka/Yamba," he said.

Joe Celich of Woodburn, has been a Marine Rescue volunteer for seven years.

"I joined after I retired as I wanted to give something back to the community," he said.

"I see it as very worthwhile, otherwise I wouldn't be here."

If you are interested in being trained to get your radio and boat licences, to do first aid and more advanced courses, and in doing something truly worthwhile, phone 6682 5841 or 0408 724 900.



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