It’s hoped that two new web cameras – at a cost of $54,000 – setup on the notorious Tweed Bar will help to reduce the amount of mariners who need to be rescued in the Tweed each year.
Nationals MP and State Member for Tweed Geoff Provest said the Marine Rescue team performs around 30 rescues every year, and the new camera system should improve safety.
Mr Provest said the camera will be installed over the fresh-water intake of the Tweed Bar to monitor an area of water that is otherwise out of the line-of-site of the Marine Rescue, and added that he expects it will be installed before the summer holiday season begins.
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The Member for Tweed took the opportunity to remind mariners to check in and out with the Marine Rescue team “so that you can be rescued if a mishap happens.”
Boaties will also be able to access the live footage online, to assess conditions, before heading out on to the water.