On a recent Saturday morning, CC21 manned by Al Morris(skipper)and crew, had been training in the vicinity of Gosford wharf, when they were approached by police from Gosford LAC, requesting assistance to transport them to a vessel nearby, who had just reported a stolen tender. The tender, with a female on board, together with a small dog, had paddled towards the railway line, and become stuck in the mud, due to the low tide. The crew of our vessel realised the potential problem of approaching the tender close enough to get a line aboard.
Following some consultation, CC21 returned to the base with the police officers , collected a small tinny belonging to the unit, and returned to the scene of the alleged crime. Police officers rowed the tinny to the stolen tender, with the female and dog still aboard, secured a tow line, and pulled it off the mud.
CC21 was standing by in deep water, and after passing a tow line to the tinny, towed both vessels to Gosford boat ramp. The female who had allegedly stolen the tender was taken away by the police officers.
On the return trip to the base, the crew of CC21 noticed a laser sailing skiff, which had capsized, the middle aged skipper was in the water, and the mast stuck in the mud. After placing the skipper in the rescue vessel, our crew were able to right the skiff, and having received the necessary assurances as to his state of health, the skipper returned to Gosford Sailing Club without further assistance.
It was a hot day, and the whole exercise took approx. four hours.