Pittwater Life November 2018 Issue


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onto the shore, the man on

the powerboat offers to push

it onto the shore with his boat.

Paul throws him the painter,

John puts the vessel into

reverse, and we move away.

“That was an assist,” says

Paul. “Floating in the channel

that dinghy could have been

problematic for other vessels,

particularly at night when it

might not be seen.”

At 2pm, I meet 47-year-old

Narraweena resident Jimmy

Arteaga at Marine Rescue

Broken Bay, in Bayview’s

Rowland Reserve. Jimmy, who

sails, scuba dives and was

a navel cadet as a teenager,

has recently become the unit

commander. Originally from

Ecuador he came with his

family to Australia aged six,

and previously volunteered for

the SES.

The Broken Bay unit has

been in existence for more

than 75 years, Jimmy explains,

operating formerly as the

Royal Volunteer Coastal Patrol,

before the amalgamation in

2009 of that organisation

with Australian Volunteer

Coast Guard Association and

the marine fleet of the NSW

Volunteer Rescue Association

into one organisation, Marine

Rescue NSW.

Jimmy tells me that in

addition to their regular patrols

and any assists they make, this

unit provides sea safety for

the ocean swims, such as The

Big Swim from Palm Beach to

Whale Beach, and the Avalon

Beach Surf Swim, and also

the Royal Motor Yacht Club’s

paddleboard competitions.

We walk down to the water’s

edge, and he points out the

Marine Rescue pontoon and

‘Broken Bay 30’, the 28 foot

CLOCKWISE TOP: The ‘Cottage Point 30’ crew haul in a deflated rubber

dinghy spotted drifting in Pittwater – it could have proven hazardous to

boats; Marine Rescue NSW volunteers Don Smallwood; and Jimmy Arteaga.

Steber, on a mooring just

out from the shore. “In three

years the Steber will need to

be replaced, which will cost

over $1 million, and the unit

has to come up with 40% of the

funding,” he says.

The unit has 80 members,

60% of whom are retirees, and

the rest ranging in age from

17 to 60. They hold a weekly

sausage sizzle, and also run

raffles.” Two of its leading

supporters are Johnson Bros

Mitre 10, Mona Vale, who

provide prizes for the raffles,

and the Royal Motor Yacht Club,

which helps with discounted

fuel and vessel maintenance.

It’s 4pm when I get home, and

as I start to relax into the long

weekend the Marine Rescue

volunteers at Terrey Hills are

beginning to take back radio

control of the bases along the

NSW coast for the night.

Whether due to the wind or

the tide, a problem with a sail,

a dragging anchor, an engine

failure, or a person overboard,

28 NOVEMBER 2018

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