Helping hand

In January, MP Meryl Swanson presented Mike Pierpoint of the Probus Club of Port Stephens with a National Medal for 16 years’ dedication to Marine Rescue Port Stephens. The National Medal recognises long service by members of recognised organisations who risk their safety to assist the community in times of emergency or natural disaster.

Mike is described by colleagues as a “jack of all trades” after a career as a marine electrical engineer with P&O Cruises Australia. He trained with Marine Rescue as a radio officer, deckhand, radio room base watch officer, deck crew, engineering duty officer, night base operator, chief engineer, skipper and, finally, a master skipper.

After many years bracing rough seas and difficult rescues, Mike has had to take a step back from his engineering and sea skipper duties but is still an active member of Marine Rescue Port Stephens.