Vessel Stranded at Orangegrove

Central Coast 21

Central Coast 21

The volunteers on duty at Marine Rescue Central Coast on Sunday 23 October received a call around noon from a 4.8m half-cabin cruiser seeking assistance. One of the people onboard the boat reported that they had run aground on the mudflats off Orangegrove. Hunter Leeder and his crew, Ted Leeson, Peter Ashworth and Chris Hartcher on rescue vessel Central Coast 21 were tasked to assist. They found the cruiser hard aground and with insufficient water depth to approach. The crew provided advice on kedging methods that could be used once the tide had risen and indicated the rescue boat and crew would return if required. The cruiser was contacted around 3:30pm and those onboard advised that they had been able to get back to navigable water.

As Central Coast 21 was returning to base around 1:00pm, the crew was tasked to retrieve an 8.0m yacht that had broken away from its mooring and was being swept towards the breakwater rocks adjacent to Iguana Joes. The yacht was saved, taken in tow and placed on a temporary mooring near Gosford Sailing Club.

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