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Marine Rescue Merimbula leader recognised for dedication to safety

Marine Rescue Merimbula Unit Commander Bill Blakeman has been named a finalist in the Safety category for the 2023 Community Achievement Awards NSW and ACT.

The Synaco Safety Award recognises those committed to safety in their workplace and throughout the community.

Marine Rescue Merimbula Deputy Unit Commander Sonia Teston said Mr Blakeman is a worthy finalist after being awarded the NSW Maritime Medal in August for his outstanding contribution as a Training Officer, developing crew to conduct rescues and respond to incidents.

“Bill’s dedication to safety and training at Marine Rescue Merimbula has directly benefited the entire boating community, our members, and the broader public.

“Through his tireless commitment to professional development, operational training, and emergency response preparedness, Bill ensures that we are equipped with the skills needed to carry out safe and effective rescue missions.

“Bill’s leadership has a profound positive impact on all those he works with fostering a safer maritime environment for everyone, we congratulate and wish him all the best for the awards ceremony,” Deputy Unit Commander Teston said.

The Community Achievement Award winners will be announced at a gala event in Sydney on 25 November 2023.

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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