Cronulla District Lifesaver Rescue

Offshore 2 is no longer operational, see Surf Rescue 30 for more details.

The Cronulla District LifeSaver Rescue Service was founded in 1968 by Surf Life Saving Australia. The Service forms an integral part of Sydney's Emergency Rescue Network and is on 24-hour call, 365 days a year.

Since its beginning, the service has saved over 1,200 lives.

The rescue boat

Offshore 2 is an 8-metre Noosa Cat, popular with rescue crews such as the Water Police around Australia. The hull of the boat is separated into two sections both filled with foam; making it virtually impossible for the vessel to sink.

The boat has an operational time of 10 hours, powered by twin 200 horse power Yamaha engines with two 275 litre fuel tanks. The vessel can reach speeds of up to 100k/h. The rear deck of the boat has a clear operational area of about seven square metres, allowing easy access for boat and helicopter rescue crews. See Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Service.

Role

The Cronulla District LifeSaver Rescue Service works with the Water Police, NSW Police, NSW Maritime, Coast Guard, PolAir Helicopters, Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopters, Bate Bay Surf Life Saving Clubs as well as clubs in the Royal National Park, and CareFlight helicopters in providing rescue and emergency medical care to the people on Sydney's waterways.

Crew

Skipper

A skipper is responsible for communicating with the emergency services and relative authorities. They co-ordinate all rescue operations involving the rescue vessel and its crew. A skipper holds a Bronze Medallion, VHF Radio Operators Certificate, Advanced Resuscitation Certificate, and Senior First Aid Certificate. They are also qualified to drive the rescue vessel and 4WD, as well as act as crew when required.

Driver

Is responsible for driving the rescue vessel, and are trained to operate the vessel in emergency situations. They are also proficient to act as Rescue Crew if required.

Rescue crewperson

Is responsible for the rescue process, be it a patient, vessel or search. They are trained for resuscitation, defibrillation, basic medical care; and hold a Bronze Medallion, Advanced Resuscitation certificate, and Senior First Aid Certificate. Additionally Rescue Crew can hold Life Support qualifications, and Defibrillator Operator certificates.

Specialist crew

A paramedic from the NSW Ambulance Service: Possess elite skills in Advance Life Support (ALS) and trauma management, and rescue techniques. They provide patient care and are responsible for preparing medical missions, coordinating with the Ambulance Service and other medical personnel, and liaising with retrieval services.

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