Redland Bay Water Police give seniors from Adventist Retirement Village Victoria Point a cruise of a lifetime

FOUR Victoria Point seniors did not have to get on the wrong side of the law to go on the Redland Bay Water Police barge this week.

As a Seniors Week event, the men - aged between 79 and 88 - from the Adventist Retirement Village cruised on Moreton Bay.

The activity, organised by lifestyle officer Rose Smith and colleague David Bingham, brought some of the men to tears.

The Redland Bay Water Police officers took Reg Cutler and Lloyd Elton, both 88, Lloyd Gitsham, 81 and James McKee, 79, from Weinam Creek to Peel Island and back.

The three-car barge, the only one of its kind in Australia, has a holding cell, which some of the men got to try out, and gun locker. The barge has been in use since late last year and can travel up to 28 knots.

Mr Elton, a school principal for many years, said the last time he had been on a boat was in 1952. "This is glorious," he said. "It certainly beats shopping."

Mr McKee said that as a teenager he had worked for his uncle who built boats.

It was the first time the retirement village had taken residents out with the Water Police, prompting Mr Cutler to say: "Not to be greedy but you can put me down to go again."

Ms Smith said the four men were so excited that they were ready hours early.

that it had been difficult to choose just four people to take on the excursion.

"There are many residents who would have really loved and benefited from this experience," she said.

"On returning home, the men were overwhelmed and had tears of joy because they thought that at this stage in their lives they would not have had the opportunity for such an adventure."

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