In a final wrap up of the 2019 Port Hacking Putters Regatta, Cronulla ferry skipper Carl Rogan presented Marine Rescue's Lewis Stockbridge with a donation from the event.
The $1,150 donation was derived from passengers on the Tom Thumb III as well as some skippers who attended the Regatta last month which featured an array of over 70 historic steam, petrol and diesel powered craft of varying sizes.
Cronulla Ferries were excited to be part of the event and, given the history of the Tom Thumb III, organisers felt it was essential she be a central figure in the flotilla of vessels that took part in the parade.
“Cronulla Ferries were very happy to be part of the Port Hacking Putters Regatta and, in doing so, support the volunteer services of Marine Rescue NSW” Mr Rogan said
An iconic boat in the local area, “The Tommy” as she is affectionately referred to, runs a daily 3 hour scenic river cruise, putting up the Hacking River from Cronulla to Audley in the Royal National Park. She also supports her sister vessel “Curranulla” the oldest commuter ferry in Australia, working to a regular timetable, providing an hourly ferry service between Cronulla and Bundeena.
Lewis Stockbridge, Unit Commander Marine Rescue Botany/Port Hacking Marine said the donation was greatly appreciated and would go toward supporting the services provided by the local unit’s 133 committed volunteers helping keep boaters safe on the waterways.
Given boating safety was a key message from the Regatta, Mr Stockbridge re-emphasised the importance for vessels to “Log On and Off” with Marine Rescue Botany Port Hacking on every voyage.
“We provide a 24/7 rescue service to the local boating community on the Port Hacking and Georges rivers, Botany Bay and offshore waters. Whenever you’re heading out on the water, make sure everyone on board is wearing a lifejacket and Log On with MRNSW using your marine radio, telephone or the Marine Rescue app so you have the peace of mind of knowing someone is watching out for you,”
“Logging On is quick and simple. Tell us where you’re headed, how many people are on board and when you’re planning to return. If you’re not back safely and haven’t Logged Off as scheduled, we’ll start to search for you,” he said.