Mercury Marine donates outboards to surf rescue group

Mercury Marine recently donated seven Mercury outboard engines to Surf Life Saving groups.

Mercury Marine recently donated seven Mercury outboard engines to Surf Life Saving groups, an Australian and New Zealand non-profit community organization that promotes water safety and provides surf rescue services.

Each year, Brunswick Corp. gives its Chairman’s Safety Award to three “outstanding performers” from its manufacturing, engineering and distribution facilities worldwide.

Mercury Marine’s Regional Distribution Centre in Dandenong was announced as one of the three winners earlier this year. Included in the award is a donation that the winners can pass on to a charity of their choice. The Dandenong plant picked Surf Life Saving.

The seven new Mercury outboards were presented this week to Life Saving Victoria by Brunswick chairman and CEO Mark Schwabero.

“I’m very proud to hand over these powerful and reliable engines on behalf of the Mercury team at Dandenong in Victoria,” Schwabero said in a statement. “Surf Life Savers do an amazing job, and today we’re ‘putting up our hand’ to show our support and make a practical, real life difference to the Surf Life Saving Clubs and volunteers who donate so much of their time and effort to help keep us safe.”

The engines will be widely distributed to maximize their benefit — one 25-hp engine to each Australian state and a 30-hp engine to New Zealand.

Mercury Marine said volunteer surf lifesavers and lifeguards perform more than 10,000 rescues each year in Australia and New Zealand, and at least 1,000 are conducted in inflatable rescue boats.

“IRBs are a vital piece of lifesaving equipment — they can be launched quickly and easily, making them a very effective rescue tool,” said Darren McLeod, LSV director. “Ongoing maintenance and replacement costs do place a financial burden on our Life Saving Clubs, so these engines will definitely make a difference.”

“These engines will absolutely help us perform our role, and we want to make sure they are put to use to get the best outcomes for the community,” McLeod added.