Volunteers at the Werribee Coast Guard have been presented with a $17,997 grant from the Bank of Melbourne.

Point Cook bank branch manager Jason Christie, who visited the Coast Guard’s Werribee South headquarters, said he was delighted to present the money from the Bank of Melbourne’s community grants program.

Werribee Coast Guard flotilla commander Bruce Lawrence said the grant would be used to buy and install a high-grade, ship-mounted FLIR (a camera which can see in the dark) on the Coast Guard’s rescue boat, which is called CG10.

Mr Lawrence said the camera would greatly assist with the Coast Guard’s night-time rescue work.

He said that within the past 12 months, the Werribee flotilla volunteers had helped out more than 50 vessels and more than 150 people.

“A good number of the calls we attend are at night and our new ship-mounted FLIR will be a wonderful addition to CG10’s impressive search and rescue equipment,” Mr Lawrence said.