dscn1744 271113Irrepressible TV presenter Geoff Cox together with his team from Coxy’s Big Break visited Queenscliff Coast Guard recently to film another episode of his long running and extremely popular travel program.

Intermittent rain, high winds and choppy seas failed to deter Coxy from featuring the work of the Queenscliff Coast Guard Volunteers. The segment will cover boat operations and the recent installation of a Coast Guard radio base at the Port of Melbourne facility at Point Lonsdale Lighthouse.

Coast Guard Liaison Officer Richard Burgess met Coxy at Queenscliff Harbour before being kitting him out with a life jacket and heading into rough seas on board Coast Guard Vessel 171 crewed by Queenscliff Volunteers. A high speed transit resulted in Coxy getting a real taste of the sea in the form of some serious spray as the bright yellow Noosa Cat bounded into the channel.

Coxy took it all in good spirits returning to the dockside more than a little damp but with an excellent idea of the conditions often faced by Coast Guard crews during emergency callouts.

Later Coxy and crew headed in slightly brighter weather, to Port Lonsdale Light where the Port of Melbourne has established a Coastal Communications Desk which will serve initially as a backup radio base covering inshore and off shore communications as well as a visual watch of the comings and goings at the notorious Rip. In the words of Queenscliff Coast Guard Commander Ted Beggs “This new and excellent facility will improve our coverage and response in this dangerous entrance to Port Phillip”.

After a full day on the Bellarine Coxy and his team returned to their studio to prepare and edit a full and interesting report scheduled to go to air on Channel 7 at 5.30pm Saturday November 30th.

Coast Guard Queenscliff is looking for more volunteers, both on water and onshore to carry out their vital work. With the new Radio base coming into operation we are looking to sign up volunteers to be trained in Coast Guard Communications. Once receiving their Marine Radio Operators Certificate follow up training will qualify them for selection to operate from the new Queenscliff Lighthouse facility. Gender or experience are no barrier. So long as you are over 18, interested in joining a community minded group, are prepared to learn new skills, and want to add a little salt spray to your life.

Call Deputy Flotilla Commander Graham Douglas on 0419 009 477 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Editor: Should you require further information please contact: Public Relations Officer Ric Lasslett 0412 527 061