History of Marine Rescue Rockingham
In 1979/80 a group of the Power Boat section of The Cruising Yacht Club in Rockingham could see that boats were getting into trouble and without local assistance tragedy could occur. The original 10 members of the club, using their own boats began the rescue service – the Rockingham Volunteer Sea Search and Rescue Group, as it was known initially.
Members of the public soon offered their services which became too big for the Yacht Club to handle so meetings took place in members homes until the Waikiki Hotel offered a room free of charge, followed by the Clipper Inn. Various fund raising functions were held allowing a move to a hut in Peron Park where a radio room was established.
On June 15th 1981 the group was granted Incorporation and permanent location at Point Peron. Brian Burke, MLA Premier of W.A. opened the completed building in November 1987. By then we had shortened our name to Rockingham Volunteer Sea Rescue Group.
We were still relying on our members to provide their own boats, inspected twice a year to ensure the high standard of safety and effectiveness. This was soon to change when our first dedicated rescue boat was purchased. Named Alf Powell, fiberglass with an inboard diesel engine, it was a first-class sea boat. It was replaced with an aluminium diesel inboard boat (call-sign Alpha 1) which was soon joined by Bravo 1, an aluminium boat available to be trailed by road to Port Kennedy and beyond as required.
Alpha 1 was then replaced with an ex-Water Police boat named Jamie Lee. In 2015, Bravo! was sold and replaced with a 8.5m NAIAD ‘Cape Peron’. Jaimie Lee has now been replaced with a larger vessel ‘Orion’.