VMR boat suffers $50k damage after getting stuck on rocks
VOLUNTEER Marine Rescue Hervey Bay's main rescue boat suffered $50,000 worth of damage after it became stuck on rocks off Round Island.
On October 28 Hervey Bay RSL Rescue, the VMR's 8.2m Noosacat was stranded on Round Island after a search mission during a storm.
VMR commodore John Smith said the boat would be out of action for about five weeks while repairs were done to the fibreglass hull, gearbox and propellers.
"We still do have two rescue vessels available but obviously with that large boat out of action it's restricting us a little bit," he said.
The boat was called out in a storm to search for what was first thought to be a flare but later turned out to be fireworks.
Cmdr Smith said passengers being medically evacuated from Fraser Island would not be comfortable in the smaller Hyne Timber Rescue boat.
"It's not very conducive to passengers," he said.
Cmdr Smith urged boaties to be extra safe as they venture out onto the water.
"Log on and log off so we've got some sort of idea where you are and where you're going," he said.
If boaties do not log off VMR notifies Hervey Bay Water Police.
"They decide after they've done a bit of investigation whether they activate us," Cmdr Smith said.
"Think of your safety - stay safe and be careful."