img 8017 CGVCQF17 Tin Can Bay's newest rescue vessel has been officially named and commissioned.

Sponsored by Gympie businessman Ian Kidd and named Mount Rescue II in recognition of the flotilla's long-running association with the Mount Pleasant Hotel, the vessel was officially named by QF17 Patron, and state member for Gympie, David Gibson, who poured the obligatory bottle of champagne over the boat's bow, reports Julie Hartwig.

Mount Rescue II was officially commissioned CG173 by Sunshine Coast Squadron Commodore Robin Hood, on behalf of AVCGA National Commodore Ray Campbell. In reading the commissioning order, Commodore Hood said, "The commissioning of this patrol vessel will promote safety in boating, assist in the preservation of life and property, train members and the public in the safe use of sea craft, and engage in search, assist and rescue in the Tin Can Bay area. As in the past, the Flotilla will use this vessel to continue supplementing and supporting the Queensland Water Police and will work in conjunction with other accredited volunteer rescue organisations."

QF17 Chaplain John Van Der Heijde concluded the ceremony with a reading, then led the gathering in prayer before officially blessing the QF17 fleet and all members who go to sea in them.

In addition to QF17 members, representatives from QF4 Caloundra, QF5 Noosa, QF6 Mooloolaba and QF21 Sandy Straits also attended the ceremony. Other dignitaries and special guests included local councillor Mark McDonald, Sailability Tin Can Bay president Barry Ryan, and Tin Can Bay Yacht Club Commodore Ken Bubb.

The QF17 Base and rescue vessels were open to the public during the morning, providing an opportunity to go aboard the rescue vessels, observe the base radio station in operation and view the flotilla's rescue equipment.