Rescue squad’s milestone

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History hunt: Eileen Murray and Murray Grey. Picture: Yanni

A DISPLAY of early photographs, newspaper articles, equipment and stories will help mark the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Southern Peninsula Rescue Squad.

During its 50-year history the squad has provided aerial and marine search and rescue services free of charge to the community. All its members are volunteers.

“We are particularly looking for photographs of early SPRS rescue boats and would also be pleased hear from anyone who was a member in the early days,” president Eileen Murray said.

“We are also looking for previous members’ names and contact details so that we can send them an invitation to our function later this year.

“Perhaps some of them may be able to share a story or two.”

The squad sold its rescue helicopter in 2010 and, after being based at Sorrento for 43 years, accepted a generous offer to relocate to a new building at the Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron in December 2012.

It now operates two purpose-built rescue vessels which are berthed at Blairgowrie marina.

Those with memorabilia are asked to call Ms Murray, 0458 143 041.

First published in the Southern Peninsula News – 4 July 2017

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