Geoff has what's referred to as the "Bat phone" for after hours Coastguard call outs this week.
As it happens it was us that brought a situation to Coastguards attention. For the second time in a week the boat behind us has dragged anchor and was drifting towards other boats behind it.
Geoff organised a crew and Caloundra Rescue was launched. Coastguard picked up the boats owner on the way ( we cannot board a boat without permission), came along side his boat and then towed it to a safer position.
We have had strong winds lately and they will continue for a couple of days. The owner called us and was appreciative that we had raised the alarm.
After another busy weekend of coastguard duty, where we did lots of training, helped a stranded boater and saw lots of whales and dolphins, it's lovely to come back to our boat, relax, watch another beautiful sunset while enjoying a well deserved drink. ... See MoreSee Less
Living on the water means it's difficult for friends to just drop in. It didn't phase our great mate Ken Jefferies though, he found his own means of dropping in for a coffee and a chat 😃
Ken's part of a kayaking group and after he led a group of 15 on a paddle along the passage, he stopped by to say hi.
He does however need training in knot tying! 😦 The kayak got away just as we were saying our goodbyes and a rescue in Kermit was required to get Ken on board his kayak and make his way back to land. 😃 ... See MoreSee Less
A big shout out to the volunteers who give up their time, and time with friends and family, to ensure safety at sea. It's not just the men and women who go out on the boats to perform the rescue, it's the people who train them to do the job to a national standard, it's the radio operators who sit and monitor the radios even when nothing is happening, it's the people who perform the administration duties to ensure national compliance and it's the people who go out and sell raffle tickets to ensure there are funds available for the necessary equipment and fuel. We'll done to all.
We always feel so much safer when we log on with Coastguard knowing that they are there when you need them. Proud to be a part of this voluntary organisation. ... See MoreSee Less
We've been anchored at our new home in Pumicestone Passage for a few days now and are getting into a routine. Geoff's completed a couple of shifts at radio on the Coastguard and we are looking forward to being involved with them again. We are a 5 minute ride in Kermit the dinghy to get ashore and it's been very relaxing sitting on the back deck watching the pelicans, osprey, our family of black swans and other various bird life.