A new boat lift promises to halve the crucial response time of the Port Lincoln SES to marine rescues.
The custom made lift, by AquA Boat Lifts, releases air from its tanks and uses gravity to lower the boat into the water in about eight minutes.
At the official launch on Sunday, Port Lincoln SES unit manager Max Coulson said the project began 19 months ago.
"Once we receive a call on our pagers...it takes us about 25 to 30 minutes to launch the boat," he said.
"Now it will take us about 10 to 15 minutes to launch for a potentially better outcome."
The lift will also prevent saltwater immersion damage to the boat and subsequent ongoing costs.
The lift was made possible by a Bendigo Bank grant of more than $56,000, the mooring donated by Calypso Star Charters and taken over by Sarin Group, and Shield Security providing free surveillance for 12 months.
State SES chief executive officer Chris Beattie paid homage to Mr Coulson's "energy and passion" and said he went "above and beyond" to make the project happen.
"It will clearly provide significant enhancement to response times," he said.
"Max marshalled this project and brought together local resources to make it happen."
The lift became operational three weeks ago before the official launch on Sunday at the Port Lincoln Marina, with about 40 people in attendance.
Today’s launch and official opening of a new dry berth for @SA_SES Port Lincoln Unit’s vessel “Yakata” provided an opportunity to celebrate the project and recognise @bendigobank for its generous grant of $56.5k to improve the effectiveness of the unit’s marine rescue capability. pic.twitter.com/Po6rLUokmt— Chris Beattie (@ChrisBeattieSES) July 14, 2019