Merimbula Marine Rescue radio man rewarded for long service

Commander Bill Blakeman presenting Peter Roberts with the Unit Commander’s Citation.
Commander Bill Blakeman presenting Peter Roberts with the Unit Commander’s Citation.

Long-time volunteer with Marine Rescue Merimbula Peter Roberts has been recognised for his contribution over the past 14 years with the presentation of the Unit Commander’s Citation.

He joined Marine Rescue NSW in 2005, when it was known as Royal Volunteer Coastal Patrol, following a suggestion by a friend.

Despite having misgivings as he had no boating experience, he soon realised that the backbone of the work performed by the volunteers revolved around providing radio coverage to vessels at sea.

Mr Roberts obtained his radio qualifications and, soon after, his boating experience and qualifications.

During his 14 years as a volunteer with Marine Rescue Merimbula he has been involved in various rescues both as a member of the crew and as the radio officer.

But more importantly to the volunteers of Marine Rescue Merimbula, for the last 12 years he has maintained the roster for both radio and crew duties, ensuring that no shift was ever left unfilled.

Recently, Mr Roberts stood down from this role, but for his outstanding dedication and attentiveness, Unit Commander Bill Blakeman presented him with the Unit Commander’s Citation in recognition of his hard work and commitment.

JOB WELL DONE: Marine Rescue Merimbula volunteer Peter Roberts receives the Unit Commander's Citation for his 14 years' commitment to the service.

JOB WELL DONE: Marine Rescue Merimbula volunteer Peter Roberts receives the Unit Commander's Citation for his 14 years' commitment to the service.

To an enthusiastic round of applause from the volunteers, Mr Roberts acknowledged the support of his wife and expressed pride in the result of his time as the roster officer and wished the incumbent the best. 

“Marine Rescue Merimbula is grateful for Peter Roberts’ passion and perseverance with maintaining the rosters,” Mr Blakeman said

“This has gone directly towards ensuring we can meet our obligation of providing safety of life at sea.

“Not only have the members of Marine Rescue Merimbula benefitted from his commitment, but so to the boating community.”

Mr Roberts continues to be a valued member of Marine Rescue Merimbula.

Vessel skippers are encouraged when they launch to log on and log off with their nearest Marine Rescue unit.

In a boating emergency, radio for help on VHF Channel 16, Channel 88 on 27 MHZ or call 000.