Whitfords Volunteer Sea Rescue on one-day power trip to Rottnest Island


Ken Blackie, Rob Wesley and Roger Howell, from Whitfords Volunteer Sea Rescue, preparing for the trip to Rotto.  Picture: Martin Kennealey        d448814
Ken Blackie, Rob Wesley and Roger Howell, from Whitfords Volunteer Sea Rescue, preparing for the trip to Rotto. Picture: Martin Kennealey        d448814

UPDATE: Due to overwhelming demand, the February 20 event has sold out but another is scheduled for April 30.

WHITFORDS Volunteer Sea Rescue will host a safety convoy to Rottnest Island next month.

The February 20 event is open to powerboats with a minimum length of five metres but limited to 12 vessels.

The one-day convoy is designed to help new boat owners experience Rottnest Island in a safe environment.

It includes useful information about travelling into and around the bays, the use of marine radios and emergency flares, a tour of a rescue boat and learning about the safety equipment.

The return journey will be made after dark so participants can see the lights of the mainland and the use of a red parachute flare at night.

There will be a barbecue at the end to revise the events of the day and for participants to get information about boating and moorings around Rottnest Island.

The Whitfords Sea Rescue vessels will escort the boats at all times.

Boats will depart from Mindarie and Ocean Reef marinas and Hillarys Boat Harbour. Cost is $60 per boat plus landing fees if applicable. To book, call Roger Howell on 0419 944 787 or go to www.whitfordssearescue.org.au.