New Ford Ranger lends high-powered support to Whitfords Sea Rescue Group

Quadrant Energy representatives hand over the new four-wheel drive ute to Whitfords Volunteer Sea Rescue Group at Ocean Reef Marina. Picture: Ian Jones
Whitfords Volunteer Sea Rescue Group's new vehicle. Picture: Ian Jones
Quadrant Energy representatives hand over the new four-wheel drive ute to Whitfords Volunteer Sea Rescue Group at Ocean Reef Marina. Picture: Ian Jones Whitfords Volunteer Sea Rescue Group's new vehicle. Picture: Ian Jones

THE Whitfords Volunteer Sea Rescue Group has a new, fully equipped four-wheel drive ute to support its marine safety activities.

Deputy commander Bob Jacobs said the Ford Ranger replaces a 25-year-old vehicle that was “well past its use-by date” and would be used to tow the group’s smaller rescue vessel and barbecue trailer.

“It will also be used for land-based marine search and rescue activity, as well as promotion of boating safety and education activities,” he said.

He thanked Quadrant Energy for its grant, which enabled the purchase of the vehicle and equipped it to carry emergency equipment and operate on the radio system.

The grant was also used to replace three high frequency radios for the group’s two main rescue vessels and radio tower.

“These are critical in allowing us to communicate with and between our vessels when we are involved in searches a long way offshore,” Mr Jacobs said.