Log on and off, a must for safety

Jessica CuthbertAlbany Advertiser
Denmark VMR
Camera IconDenmark VMR Credit: Trent Moore

Denmark Volunteer Marine Rescue have been pleased with skipper behaviour over the holiday period, despite performing a number of rescues.

Vice commander Trent Moore said overall the people responsibility and attitude towards safety was improving.

“Constant reminding is necessary to stay on peoples minds,” he said.

“Sometimes there’s no second chances when you’re out there at sea.”

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“Safety should be your main priority where out sighting seeing, boating, fishing on the rocks or swimming, the ocean is merciless.”

On Sunday, DVMR were called out to recover a boat with engine troubles.

“This rescue wasn’t lack of maintenance and we praise the fisherman for doing the right thing, they logged on with us before heading out and were radioing us warning he was having issues,” Mr Moore said.

“We then heard from them saying the engine wouldn’t start so we were aware and had time to prepare to head out there.”

Mr Moore said the take home message from the weekends rescue was the importance of logging in with sea rescue and being able to communicate.

“He did everything your supposed to do when heading out on the water, most importantly log on log off- keeping in contact with us is vital,” he said.

“Every incident is preventable whether it’s by maintenance or checking yourself all your safety equipment, although sometimes things do just happen and you can never predict it.”

He said the crew even came across a tourist swimming in the channel who when asked to swim else where, responded with “Do you own the beach? Wait until I'm finished.”

Mr Moore said Albany and Denmark rescue radio operators are critical to the success of any search and rescue, adding that both volunteer groups are always looking for more radio operators who can be based in their homes.

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