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.
Marine Rescue NSW and other agencies have responded to a boat fire at the northern end of Pittwater, adjacent to Palm Beach. There were two people and a dog on board. The fire has been extinguished and all occupants are safe. Marine Rescue Central Coast received an urgent call for help from the skipper of the nine-metre fly-bridge cruiser. The water police were notified and a call went out over marine radio for assistance from any vessel in the vicinity. A passing boat came to the rescue, shortly before the arrival of vessels from Marine Area Command – NSW Police Force?,Marine Rescue Cottage Point, NSW Maritime? and NSW Rural Fire Service?.Thanks to all involved.
For emergency help on the water use your marine radio or call Triple Zero.
Saturday dawned with the promise of heat wave conditions. After refuelling CC21, our on duty crew proceeded in CC21 to investigate an abandoned, grounded yacht outside Paddy’s Channel. After lengthening the anchor cable to allow for the rise of tide, CC21 conducted a patrol of Brisbane Water and returned to base and Maritime were informed regarding the yacht’s status.
Soon after, a request for assistance was received from a motor cruiser with 9 people on board requiring a tow from the Rip Bridge to Blackwall. CC21 was taked and successfully completed the assist.
Two further tasks, namely a Bayliner jump start and a tow of a ski boat from Koolewong to Gosford ramp were undertaken. Then at 1755 the owner of a motor cruiser moored in front of the Marine Rescue base at Point Clare rang with an urgent request to recover his dinghy which was drifting rapidly down wind. CC21 successfully completed the task and the dinghy was returned to a grateful owner.
Sunday was also very hot and we soon received a call for assistance to tow a 5.2 metre runabout from Rip Bridge to Orange Grove. CC21 completed the task.
After lunch a request was for assistance was received from five people stranded on Lobster Beach. The jet ski they were utilising to transfer people to the beach had broken down. CC21 and CC11 (Jetski) successfully conducted the transfer and the people were transferred to Hardy’s Bay.
One further assist was conducted when a 21ft Bayliner requested a tow from Koolewong to Gosford Ramp. CC21 completed this task.
During the day the opportunity was taken to transfer three personnel to the Haven Base for familiarisation. Onshore training was also conducted for our two new trainees who operated the portable fire pump and the onboard fire pump in CC21.
Some photos from the weekend are below
Marine rescue central coast was on duty again on new years eve ensuring that vessels anchored were not in the fireworks exclusion zone. Central Coast 21 and X Ray 21 were on duty
Part of our role on new years eve is for CC21 to tow the fireworks barge into place and stand by while the fireworks guys are on board to manage the display While XRay 21 managed the Exclusion Zone. After a bit of a task positioning the barge, the fireworks went off ” with a bang’ . Pics below.
Just before 2:00pm on Saturday 9th December our radio operators at the Point Clare base received a call from the NSW Police Marine Area Command, they advised that there was a missing person off Shelley Beach and asked that rescue vessel Central Coast 22 (based at our Haven base) and Central Coast 21 (based at our Point Clare base) proceed to the search area.
Our radio operators quickly made contact with both vessels and asked them to proceed to Shelley Beach and commence searching for the missing person. CC22 arrived at 2:18pm and saw that a helicopter was searching the area, as well as the local Lifesavers. CC22 began searching the area while waiting for other Marine Rescue NSW assets to arrive in the area.
CC21 was around Wagstaffe when the call came through and made their way to Shelley Beach at their best possible speed. This saw them arrive at around the same time as the Water Police vessel WP400, and also the Marine Rescue Norah Head boat crew.
Once all four vessels were on scene they commenced a grid search, under the direction of the Water Police vessel.
At around 4:30pm CC21 was stood down from the search and headed back to the Point Clare base.
Then at around 5:50pm the call that everyone had been hoping for came through, the search has been cancelled and all assets stood down, as the missing person had been located safe and well ashore. CC22 headed back to the Haven base.
Both CC21 and CC22 arrived back at their respective base just after 6:00pm.
Pictured CC22, NH20, WP400 & CC21
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On Saturday 28 th October at around 5:30pm a call was received by our radio operators at the Point
Clare base, the skipper of a distressed vessel advised that they were experiencing engine trouble
in the vicinity of Narara Creek, and requested a tow back to Gosford ramp.
Central Coast 12 (Our small training vessel) was tasked to assist with the tow, skippered by Ian
Radford, and crewed by Adrian Davies. CC12 found the stricken vessel near Narara Creek and
commenced the slow tow back to Gosford ramp. To the relief of the tired crew they arrived back to
the Point Clare base at around 7:00pm.
On Sunday 29 th October the first job came in at 11:55am, the skipper of a wooden putt putt advised that they had run out of fuel in the narrows to Davistown. Rescue Vessel Central Coast 21 and Rescue Water Craft (jetski) Central Coast 11 were tasked to assist. CC21 and CC11 quickly found the stricken vessel and towed it across to the Davistown wharf.
The next call came through at around 12:45pm from the skipper of 6m Haines Hunter, they reported
that they were experiencing engine failure they were stranded between Lion Island and Box Head,
and requested a tow back to Lions Park Woy Woy. CC21 was tasked to assist, the crew on board
quickly found the Haines Hunter and commenced the tow back to Lions Park. The crew arrived back
to the Point Clare base at around 2:20pm.
The last call was received at around 2:45pm the skipper of a 12m yacht advised that he was West of
Lion Island, and his motor was overheating, which was preventing him getting back into Brisbane
Water. CC21 was tasked to assist, the crew found the yacht attached the tow line and began the tow
back to Booker Bay Marina. Once the tow was complete the crew returned back to the Point Clare
base, arriving back at around 4:45pm.
While the jobs on Sunday were being handled by the crew on CC21, another crew on Rescue Vessel
X-Ray 21 and CC11 were undertaking training around Caroline Bay. (see photos below)
On Saturday 21 st October rescue vessel Central Coast 22 currently operating out of the Haven base
was tasked by the Police Marine Area Command to undertake a search from Wamberal to Third Point for a male presumed missing from North Avoca. A Westpac helicopter joined NSW Police, lifeguards and marine rescue vessels to look for the man.
That evening at around 1830 the call out crew from the Point Clare base were activated due
to 7m yacht with two people on board which had run aground near St Huberts island. Rescue Vessel
Central Coast 21 was on scene at around 1845. One of the people on board had a laceration to one
of his feet, he declined first aid treatment and let the crew know that he would later get it checked
out at hospital. The yacht was successfully retrieved from the mud.
On Sunday a 6 metre Putt Putt from Woy Woy Bay broke a tailshaft near Lions Park and requested a tow. X-Ray 21 (On loan from Marine Rescue NSW and based at the Point Clare base) was tasked to tow the vessel to the Spike Milligan bridge.
At around 1745 on Sunday CC21 was tasked to tow a 5metre half cabin with 6 people on board (2
adults and 4 children) from Noonan’s Point to the Gosford ramp, being a fairly short tow the crew
were back at the base at around 1820.
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This course will authorize and equip you to operate your life saving VHF radio with confidence.
On successful completion, you will be issued with a licence by the Office of Marine Communications.
Date & Time: Monday 6 November at 6.30-9 pm (3 consecutive Mondays)
Location: Marine Rescue Central Coast Base, Kurrawa Ave, Pt Clare
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