A new marine rescue vessel has been officially commissioned in Broome, providing volunteers with the latest search and rescue technology to respond to emergency situations off the Kimberley coast. The vessel, a 10-metre Naiad named the Redbill III, features state-of-the-art marine electronics, including infrared camera technology and radio-direction finder for locating emergency position indicating radio beacons. The Redbill III is also fitted with twin Yamaha 425 outboards, which BMR project manager Andrew May said would help the group cater for rescues involving heavier boats. “Over the last few years we’ve seen a trend towards larger vessels needing assistance, and with the peninsula road now fully sealed, we’re also doing longer-range rescues,” he said. “With all that in mind, we thought it was important to move from the 8.5m to 10m vessel, which gives us far greater capacity to carry out longer search and rescues.” Mr May said without a proper launching facility in Broome, poor conditions could lead to the boat needing to be towed to Gantheaume Point, adding nearly 20 minutes to any operation. To combat this, a specially designed tri-axle trailer that allows for launching the boat from tricky tides in Broome and a tractor to tow it was also commissioned for Marine Rescue Broome. Emergency Services Minister Stephen Dawson said it was vital that marine rescuers had access to high-quality vessels and equipment. “Along with volunteers’ expertise and knowledge of local conditions, this vessel will provide another important asset to conduct life-saving operations,” he said. “The ocean is a fundamental part of life in Broome and local Marine Rescue volunteers now have two outstanding vessels to continue to keep the community safe.” The Redbill III gets its name from an old pearling lugger “Redbill” which was built in Fremantle in 1903 and lost during Tropical Cyclone Rosita off the coast of Broome in April 2000. It joins the 7.6-metre vessel Ibis in Marine Rescue Broome’s fleet. The Redbill III was received by Marine Rescue Broome and covered by the Broome Advertiser in December last year but was only just announced by Minister Dawson last week.