River Coastal Rescue (RCR) is looking for up to six marine engineers to support the launch of its business in Perth, providing boat owners with a new breakdown assistance, recovery and maintenance service.

Due to launch in March, RCR is looking for marine engineers with petrol and diesel engine experience. It’s also advantageous if applicants have a commercial operator’s licence to operate recovery vessels.

RCR is equally keen to hear from engineers with plant or relevant mechanical experience, for support positions, where all the necessary training will be given.

To apply, email Paul@rivercoastalrescue.com.au and find out more about River Coastal Rescue at www.marinebreakdown.com.au

RCR in Perth will initially be overseen by UK directors, Stephanie Horton and Jay Forman, and ceo/director Paul Stenton (a well-known figure in Perth); together they’ll manage operations and support the day-to-day running of the business.

UK RCR engineers will also be onsite on a rotational basis to help with the workload and employee training, and during the start-up phase, out of hours calls will be triaged and managed by RCR in the UK.

RCR’s service will cost from $65 per month and the 24/7, 365 membership package provides: engineers’ attendance, recovery to a home berth or safe haven if the issue cannot be resolved, home start support, practical/telephone assistance, crisis co-ordination and a message relay service, a provision pick-up service and a dedicated app for raising callouts, tracking engineers’ progress and pinpointing locations.

There will be no restrictions on the age/type of vessel and no callout or hourly charges. Boaters will be covered for four callouts a year within the Perth Metro waterway region; a 65km area stretching from Hillarys to Rockingham and Swan River to Rottnest.

Perth was chosen as the first launch area due to the high boating population sailing the coastline and accessing Rottnest Island; Western Australia’s most popular nature reserve, which according to Research Gate, welcomes half a million visitors a year, including 150,000 in private vessels.

RCR recognises the critical role Sea Rescue has in ensuring the safety of all boaters and will work closely with its teams, signposting members requiring assistance, who are not in a safe harbour or on their mooring, to Sea Rescue first. RCR is also a member of and supports the Boating Industry Association.

The company says its service will release pressure on local businesses and contractors who because of the high volume of marine engineering and maintenance jobs, are often stretched when it comes to tackling minor repairs that require them leaving their base.