Rescuers show flare for safety on ocean

Ellie Honeybone, SOUND TELEGRAPHSound Telegraph

The Secret Harbour Surf Life Saving Club Crusaders have joined forces with Rockingham Volunteer Marine Rescue to host an important flare demonstration on Thursday.

Members of the local boating community are encouraged to head down to the VMR headquarters at Point Peron at 6.45pm on November 26 to learn about the correct way to use a flare and why they are essential for marine safety.

VMR skipper and activities officer Wayne Rance said it was imperative that people knew the correct way to use flares for their own safety and for the safety of people on board their vessels.

"You never know when you might need a flare and it is vital that people check the expiry date on their flares before they head out," he said.

"We strongly encourage people to take all the necessary safety precautions and become a member with the VMR so they can log on and off our system when they are out on the ocean."

The SHSLSC Crusaders are a part of the cadet program and take part in the Youth Involvement Program initiative that has been adopted in clubs around Australia.

Crusaders member Jessica Williams said the Youth Involvement Program was designed to encourage members to engage in their community and club and earn points for the activities they took part in.

"We were supported by senior members in the club and decided to contact Wayne and organise a flare demonstration as it is very important for boating safety, which is something we learn about as part of our training," she said. "The Department of Transport will have personnel on hand at the flare demonstration to answer any questions and there will be an opportunity for boat owners to dispose of old flares." To find out more, contact the VMR on 9527 9988 or visit the Facebook page https://www.

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