On Thursday 18th
June, 2009, at around 1pm, the Tuross Rescue squad had a callout.
Information said that
there was a vessel close to Coila Beach and, according to the
informant, appeared to be in difficulty. As the squad has no access
over the Tuross River bar inflatable plastic tubes were used to
roll the vessel over the sand, a distance of approximately 100m.
The squad then attempted to the large surf at this point but were
unable to. Had they been able to move the vessel up or down the
beach to a better location the launch would have been achieved.
Whilst this was being carried out other members of the squad attended
Coila Beach to find that there were no vessels between Coila Beach
and One Tree Point. The search was cancelled and the vessel rolled
back the 100m to the lake to return back to the VRA base.
Lack of ready access to the main beach is a major concern for
the Rescue Squad and with little chance of the Tuross Bar clearing
there are serious concerns of not being able to lend assistance
to vessels and individuals in trouble.
Our VRA are well trained, well equipped and dedicated to serving
this community. Since the closure of the river mouth last October
they have raised their concerns as far afield as they could from
discussions with a Federal Minister down to Eurobodalla Shire
WHAT IS REQUIRED is easy access to the sea AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
The Tuross VRA have voiced their concerns directly to Council
requesting that access be provided across the dunes behind the
main beach. The Tuross Head Progress Association has endorsed
this request as has the Tuross Lakes Preservation Group. If the
path was widened to allow a small vehicle and boat trailer to
gain access to the beach the VRA could then launch anywhere along
the beach from One Tree Point to Blackfellows Beach.