Who We Are
We are the Copper Coast Flotilla of the South Australian Sea Rescue Squadron. While our base is Wallaroo, our area of coverage is the eastern coast of Spencer Gulf, from Port Broughton in the North, through to Cape Elizabeth in the South. With such a large area to cover, we need to use trailable vessels in order to reach a particular emergency in reasonable time.
The Sea Rescue Squadron is a volunteer organisation which is partly funded by the South Australian Government, and partly from the efforts of its members, who are all volunteers. The main rescue vessel, in our case "Sea Rescue Zero Four", is provided as is the tow vehicle and a fuel budget. Some members are approved to use their own vessels in rescue work if an extra vessel is needed. In this case, fuel cost is covered, but that is all. All other costs are covered by the individual vessel's owners.
Many of our costs fall outside the budget provided by the South Australian Sea Rescue Squadron, and we need to make up the shortfall by raising our own finance, usually by raffle ticket sales (with some prizes contributed by sponsors), public sales of donated equipment, and so on. Needless to say, we are always happy to accept donations!
All of our members are volunteers, and give of their time freely. In order to be operational, they must study for, and pass a number of exams, after which they can carry out the duties for which they are qualified. Duties are assigned on a roster basis. Necessary qualifications include marine radio licences, seamanship, first aid, practical boat handling, navigation, and radar use. Training is carried out within the organisation, by those who are already qualified, and prepared to take on the additional task of instructing
We are based at Wallaroo on Spencer Gulf, an easy 90 min drive from the outskirts of Adelaide, up Pt Wakefield Road to Pt Wakefield, then via the Copper Coast Highway to Wallaroo.