Mandurah Volunteer Marine Rescue member recognised for 15 years of service


Barb Walton accepts the certificate and medals from group acting Commander John Blay.
Barb Walton accepts the certificate and medals from group acting Commander John Blay.

MANDURAH Volunteer Marine Rescue member Barb Walton has been awarded a Meritorious Certificate and medals.

The award acknowledges her 15 years service.

Ms Walton said she joined the group so she could see more of her husband, who was spending a lot of time there and later held the offices of secretary, treasurer and social secretary.

She is now back in the role of secretary and has manned radio shifts and obtained her restricted Coxwains and accredited crew member for rescue vessels.

Ms Walton said she enjoyed helping group members and the general boating community in education of awareness of safe boating practices.

The group has already seen an increase in rescues this month and are preparing for a busy boating season.

A spokesman urged all boaties to ensure they logged on when venturing out or signed up for a personal call sign to ensure all relevant information on the vessel and skipper was available in cases of recovery or search.

Last year, the group was involved in 155 police authorised search and rescue incidents.

MORE: Warwick man (24) charged over series of alleged break-ins and assault of off-duty police officer in Girrawheen

MORE: Alfred Krakouer charged over string of Champion Lakes incidents

MORE: Body of missing man John Ria Poe found in Bertram