avcg logo newsDuring summer, the Mornington Peninsula is abuzz with all nature of events, boating being one of the most popular. This is due to the fact it is surrounded by Port Phillip to the west, Western Port to the east and Bass Strait to the south and is connected to the mainland in the north. In summer months the population can swell to around 250,000 people.

Flotilla Commander David Goldfinch said "Safety Beach members have a proud history of service to both the local community and the boating public and in the last ten years has provided in excess of 100,000 volunteer hours. We have responded to 954 call outs during this period and have assisted or rescued 1056 people. In terms of dollar value, we have safely recovered $12,797,060 worth of vessels."

"We are always looking for new members," said David. "There is a great opportunity to learn a range of marine skills including seamanship, boat handling, radio operations, marine fire fighting, navigation and first aid. Training is provided and it is a good way to meet new people and learn new skills while helping the community."

Since January 2012 Coast Guard Safety Beach has attended to 68 call outs to vessels.

Of the call outs:

  • 2 were for hazmat fire events on the water
  • 58 for assistance (Flat battery, out of fuel, vessel breakdown, sinking vessel)
  • 8 for search and rescue including flare sighting and a missing diver.

VF6 covers the area from Portsea to Mornington and across the bay as far as St Leonards.

Anyone wanting to take up the challenge and learn some new boating skills can contact Coast Guard Safety Beach on 0407 465 335 or click here to email the Flotilla.

For photos or interviews please contact David Goldfinch, Flotilla Commander VF6 on 0467 721 047.