Marine rescue group opens doors to public

Kate FieldingSouth Western Times

One of Bunbury’s vital emergency crews is opening its doors this weekend in a bid to give the community a look into how the volunteer group operates.

Bunbury Sea Rescue is encouraging people to get along to its inaugural open day on Sunday when unique insight into the lifesaving work of the crew will be on offer.

Skipper Brett Ladhams said visitors would gain an understanding of how the group worked and if there was enough interest, rides in a rescue vessel could be on the cards.

“We just want to open our doors to the public and show people how everything works, from our radio room through to our rescue boats and general waterfront facilities,” Mr Ladhams said.

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“People will be able to get on board our vessels, watch a flare demo, grab a soft drink and enjoy a sausage sizzle.”

He said the aim of the day was to raise awareness and in turn hopefully spark opportunities for volunteering, donations and sponsorship.

“If you like the idea of volunteering, you will discover numerous avenues within our group that aren’t always involved with being at sea rescuing people,” he said.

Doors open at 1pm to 3pm at the crew’s base on Casuarina Drive.

“Obviously if you like boats and anything marine safety-related, it’ll be worth your time,” Mr Ladhams said.

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