House debates

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Statements by Members

Flynn Electorate: Maritime Rescue Services

1:48 pm

Photo of Ken O'DowdKen O'Dowd (Flynn, National Party) Share this | | Hansard source

Today I rise to pay respect to the six men tragically lost at sea on board the fishing boat Dianne. My deepest sympathies go to the families for their loss.

In times of utter despair, often it's the true spirit of the community that shines brightest. The communities of Agnes Water, Seventeen Seventy and surrounding areas supported the search effort in a manner that's hard to put into words. The relentless and unforgiving weather slammed the Central Queensland coast day after day, continuing to impede the search operations. Search craft, both by air and sea, had near zero visibility in treacherous conditions. Without hesitation, our brave emergency services personnel placed their own safety in danger in their search efforts.

Community members combed the beaches and estuaries in search of the missing men. A variety of organisations, including the police, voluntary marine rescue and the SES joined in the search effort. They answered the call in their typical dedicated and selfless manner. Private vessels also volunteered their services. Our hearts go out to the affected families, thank you.