Busy Weekend for Volunteer Crews

Capsized skiff on the Broadwater was righted and towed to Saratoga Sailing Club, Greg McNee (left) and Collis Harvey assisting

Capsized trailer-sailer on the Broadwater was righted and towed to Saratoga Sailing Club, Greg McNee (left) and Collis Harvey assisting

The weather over the weekend of 5 and 6 November was generally fine for boating, Saturday was sunny and 30 °C with gusty West /North West wind.  Sunday was fine with 30 knot winds in the early afternoon. Marine Rescue Central Coast was busy on both days.

Around 9:00am the volunteers received a phone call from the skipper of a 6.0m half cabin cruiser located about 30m easy of the railway bridge at Woy Woy. The owner said that his boat’s engine would not start and despite having an anchor out, his vessel was being pushed towards the oyster beds by the gusting wind. Ian Radford and his crew on rescue vessel, Central Coast 21, were tasked to assist. The vessel was located and towed to the Pretty Beach launching ramp.

At 1:30pm Ian Radford and his crew on rescue vessel, Central Coast 21, were sent to assist a 5.8m speedboat with four people on board that was unable to start its engine. The speedboat was located 500m north of the Rip Bridge and towed to Linton Street Ramp.

Around 3:00pm a shore observer phoned to advise of a 6.0m runabout with mechanical problems at the View Street Wharf. Ian Radford and his crew on rescue vessel, Central Coast 21, were again tasked to assist and the runabout and the two people on board were towed to the Pretty Beach Ramp.

On Sunday at 2:40 the base had a radio call concerning a capsized 4.85m strailer-sailer on the Broadwater between Saratoga and Point Frederick. Mark Sheehan and his crew on rescue vessel, Central Coast 22, was tasked to assist. The drifting but submerged vessel was located. One of the two people on board had been recovered by a nearby vessel. The rescue crew righted the capsized yacht after several attempts. Once righted, the sails were able to be lowered and after bailing the trailer-sailer was towed to the Saratoga Sailing Club.

At 3:10pm Marine Rescue Cottage Point called with a request for urgent assistance for a 6.0m yacht with two people on board drifting towards Ocean Beach. The yacht had shredded sails and could not start its outboard motor. John Finn and his crew on rescue vessel, Central Coast 21, responded with  maximum speed consistent with safety and located the yacht just 250m off Ocean Beach. The southerly was gusting to 20 knots and seas were about 2.0m. The rescue crew quickly attached a tow line and moved the stricken vessel to calmer water in the lee of Lion Island. The yacht was then handed over to rescue vessel, Cottage Point 20,for a tow to its mooring at Brooklyn.

 

 

 

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