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Merimbula volunteer in the running for major award

August 11, 2023 9:15 am in by
Image supplied by Marine Rescue New South Wales.

A local volunteer is in the running for the Marine Rescue New South Wales award, recognised for using his knowledge and experience to train others.

Highly experienced Merimbula seaman Stewart Dietrich is one of the service’s four finalists vying for the 2023 Marine Rescue NSW agency award.

Marine Rescue NSW Southern Zone Commander Mike Hammond says he’s a valuable asset to the unit.

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“Stewart’s highly experienced with Marine Rescue, he’s been with us for nearly 10 years and before joining Marine Rescue he served with the Royal Australian Navy so he has got a great back ground and lots of experience and knowledge that has served him well in our unit,” he says.

He says Mr Dietrich has completed comprehensive training with Marine Rescue and enjoys sharing his knowledge with other members.

“He is a Master on the vessels and a Watch Officer working in the radio room.

“He plays a great role in training other members at the Merimbula unit but also at other neighbouring units, in fact he’s been in Eden this week leading some crew training.

“Stuart’s done great things at the Merimbula unit for Marine Rescue and we are really glad to have him,” he says.

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Minister for Emergency Services Jihad Dib will present the awards at Saturday night’s (August 12) RESCA ceremony.

Marine Rescue NSW is a volunteer based not-for-profit professional organisation dedicated to keeping boaters safe on the water and supporting local communities.

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