Rescue 1

Refit and repower for Marine Rescue Coral Bay

Undertaken for the Western Australian Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) in the first part of 2021, this project updated and extended the life of the rigid inflatable boat (RIB) Rescue 1.

The scope of the work we undertook to improve and extend the Naiad-designed vessel’s capabilities included:

  • Supply and install new collar and bladders
  • Repower with new twin 250hp Suzuki engines
  • Painting including livery update
  • Supply and install new electronics package
  • Supply and install new suspension helm seats
  • Fuel and electrical system reviews and modifications / upgrades
  • Fitout items including new upholstery, new carpet, new windscreen, and new canopy

The refurbishment and upgrade of Rescue 1 was completed in May 2021.

The Coral Bay volunteers are one of 37 Marine Rescue WA groups situated along Western Australia’s coastline from Esperance in the south to Kununurra in the north that are managed and funded through DFES. Another two, in Christmas Island and Cocos (Keeling) Islands, are funded and managed by the Commonwealth.

For more information on Volunteer Marine Rescue Western Australia (VMRWA) visit or its Facebook page. Coral Bay’s Marine Rescue Group has a Facebook page here.

“As always its particularly heartening to be able to contribute in our own way to improving Western Australia’s marine rescue capability. These refits do that, and also build upon our own knowledge of maintenance and operational issues that appear in these boats over time. That knowledge helps us to continuously improve how we do things too”

Rohan Warr - Dongara Marine


Principal Particulars
Propulsion & Performance
Other Details
Project type
Vessel Refit / Repair
Marine Rescue Coral Bay / Department of Fire and Emergency Services
Vessel Type
Search and rescue
Hull type
Monohull (RIB)
Naiad Design
Construction materials
Aluminium hull and superstructure
Survey / Class
Length overall
8.5 metres
3.0 metres
0.4 metres
2 additional personnel
580 litres
Fresh water
0 litres
Main engines
2 x Suzuki DF250 outboards
Main engine rating
2 x 186kW
2 x outboards
Maximum speed
45.0 knots
Service speed
27.0 knots
Vessel builder
Kirby Marine
Inflatable full round collar