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'Freemason' - A Genuine Lifesaver on the Coorong

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A new high-tech rescue boat is coming to the Coorong, Lower Lakes region.

'The Freemason', a purpose-built vessel funded by Masonic Charities, will allow the newly formed Milang Marine Search and Rescue Squadron (MMSARS) to quickly respond to incidents on Lake Alexandrina, rather than waiting for assistance to arrive from Goolwa and Victor Harbor.

MMSARS Commodore Nick Wotton said the donation will be a "genuine life saver".

The vessel will be on-call ahead of the October long-weekend for SA Police's Water Operations Unit and the Victor Harbor-Goolwa Sea Rescue Squadron.

The Chairman of Southern Fishermen's Association Garry Hera-Singh has been leading the push for more services in the region after a Tailem Bend man died in the Coorong last year when he was fishing. 

The boat will be officially christened by South Australian Governor Hieu Van Le, with attendance from Premier Steven Marshall and other stakeholders from 2pm Sunday 20 September at the City Motor Group showroom at Mile End.

Photo at top of the new vessel with Freemasons SA/NT Deputy Grand Master Malcolm Schluter with MMSARS Commodore Nick Wotton, supplied by Mr Wotton