Many calls for help on weekend

Karl Liepa aboard Central Coast CC022 with ski-boat in tow

Karl Liepa aboard Central Coast CC022 with ski-boat in tow

The volunteers on duty at Marine Rescue Central were kept busy over the weekend of 7 and 8 January 2017.  On Saturday around noon Duty radio operator, Alan Mott, received a call from the skipper of a 6.0m scarab at The Rip with four people onboard. The vessel reported mechanical problems and requested help to return to the launching ramp at Lions Park Woy Woy. Rescue vessel Central Coast CC021 under command of Al Morris was tasked to assist and soon had the vessel in tow to safety.

Around 12:30pm, a call was received from a 6.5m cruiser with two people onboard 10nm east of Macmasters Beach. The vessel reported engine failure and requested help to return to Brisbane Water. Rescue Vessel Broken Bay 30 was tasked to assist by the Water Police Marine Area Command. Central Coast CC022 under command of Alan Howes, met BB30 at Iron Ladder Beach to take over and complete the tow to safety.

Alan Mott received another call for assistance just before 2:00pm. The owner of a 6.0m runabout at Blackwall reported that his engine had been swamped by the wash of a passing large motor cruiser. He sought help to return his mooring in the Lintern Channel. Al Morris and his crew on Rescue vessel Central Coast CC021 located the vessel and undertook the tow.

On Sunday 8 January, duty radio operator Shea Wicks received at call for assistance from the people onboard a 4.86m runabout broken down off Tallow Beach. Rescue vessel Central Coast CC022 under command of Alan Howes, responded towed the runabout to Lions Park Woy Woy.

Shea received another call for help around 11:45am from one of two people onboard a 4.2m runabout at Lobster Beach reported as having a mechanical problem. Al Howes and his crew on Central Coast CC022 were sent to assist. The vessel was towed to the ramp at Koolewong.

Around 3:30pm, Jim Cleverly took a call from one of four people onboard a 5.0m Haines Hunter near the entrance to Hardy’s Bay. The man reported a mechanical problem and asked for help getting the boat to Empire Bay Marina. Al Morris and his crew aboard Central Coast CC021 were sent to assist and towed the vessel to safety.

A busy weekend for the volunteer crews from Marine Rescue keeping our boating community safe.

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