Al Morris granted Life Member of Marine Rescue NSW

Al and Judith Morris following the presentation of Life Membership of MRNSW

Al and Judith Morris following the presentation of Life Membership of MRNSW

On Saturday 26 November at the Annual General Meeting of Marine Rescue NSW (MRNSW) held at the headquarters premises at North Cronulla, MR Central Coast skipper, Al Morris of Daleys Point, was appointed a life member of MRNSW.

The presentation of life membership was made by MRNSW Chairman, James Glissan ESM, QC.

Al Morris has been a member of Royal Volunteer Coastal Patrol (RVCP), now MR Central Coast , since September 1989. He has been an operational rescue skipper since 1991. He was appointed Division Commander of Central Coast Unit in 1996 and served a two-year term. He undertook responsibility for compiling the NSW statistics for RVCP and continued in that role when MRNSW was formed. In December 2005 Al received the National Medal for 15-years community service and received a clasp for the medal in April 2016 recognising a further 10-years contribution.

Al was joined at the AGM presentation ceremony by his wife Judith and six members of MR Central Coast including Unit Commander Roger Palmer and MRNSW Director Patricia Fayers ESM.

Many Assisted on Weekend

Central Coast 21 with 7.0m runabout in tow in Broken Bay

Central Coast 21 with 7.0m runabout in tow in Broken Bay

Two calls for help were received by Marine Rescue Central Coast first thing on Saturday morning (Nov 26). The first call, received by phone around 8:20 saw Central Coast 21 with Skipper Bren Weston at the helm, tasked to assist a 7.0m runabout reported with two persons on board and a mechanical problem. The boat was in Broken Bay off Bullimah Beach, at the western tip of Gerrin Point. The 3.0m seas made conditions difficult but the rescue crew located the vessel and it was taken in tow. The lumpy seas put extra strain on the tow line and a fitting parted. It was replaced and the tow resumed, however, the tow was again suspended when the rescue boat instruments showed the engine was overheating.

The second call was received by radio at 8:30 saw Central Coast 22 with Skipper Ian Radford at the helm, tasked to assist 6.0m runabout with electrical failure at Ettalong. This vessel was located and had reached The Rip Bridge on the way to Lintern Street Ramp when the rescue boat was directed to assist Central Coast 21 now at Box Head. The towed boat was asked to anchor and the crew promised to return as quickly as possible. Central Coast 22 hurried to Broken Bay and took over the tow from Central Coast 21 and the vessel was towed to Gosford Ramp

After some investigation the cause of the diesel engine overheating was determined and rectified. Central Coast 21 then went to The Rip Bridge and took the anchored vessel left by Central Coast 22 in tow, dropping the vessel at Lintern Street Ramp.

Max Landells (left) and Peter Fischer aboard Central Coast 22 control the tow from Blackwall

Max Landells (left) and Peter Fischer aboard Central Coast 22 control the tow from Blackwall

On Sunday at 09:30 the radio room received a phone call from the owner of a 5.0m runabout with mechanical failure off the north entry to the Blackwall Channel. He requested  a tow To Gosford Ramp. Central Coast 22  with Bren Weston and his crew attended and towed the boat to Gosford Ramp. Just 50m from Gosford Ramp the rescue boat was flagged down by a man and his two children aboard a 6.0m runabout. He said it was only the second time they had used the boat and the engine had failed. They were towed back to Gosford ramp where they had launched only a short time before.

At 12:55 a member of the public phoned to report a swamped boat off the old Iguana Joes Restaurant with people in the water. Ian Radford and his crew on Central Coast 22 were sent to the area and found a passing ski boat had taken two children on a floating ‘donut’ to shore and had the swamped boat in tow to Gosford boat ramp.

Fast Night Time Call-out

Central Coast 21

Central Coast 21

Police Marine Area Command (MAC) received a 000 call on Saturday night from a vessel in trouble at on the waterway near Davistown. The MAC contacted MRNSW Regional Operations Manager for Hunter Central Coast, Steve Raymond, who at 8:30pm contacted Marine Rescue Central Coast Unit Commander, Roger Palmer.

Roger immediately phoned the overnight duty boat crew, Phil Page and Peter Alderton. Just before 9:00pm, rescue vessel Central Coast 21 was heading to Davistown. The vessel in trouble was a 5.0m putt-putt with two people onboard. The boat had a mechanical problem. The people had attempted to row the boat back to Davistown but became concerned about the health of one person onboard, so tied the boat to a channel marker and phoned 000.

Central Coast 21 was on site by 9:15, locating the putt-putt a mere 45 minutes after first contact – a quite rapid night time response. The putt-putt was towed to Davistown Wharf where Unit Commander Roger was waiting to determine if medical assistance was required. The rescued people expressed their thanks for the prompt help and indicated that an ambulance was not needed.

Marine Rescue Central Coast, keeping you safe on our local waterways.

A Busy Sunday for our Volunteers

Duty radio operator, Jane Lewis, at Marine Rescue Central Coast had a busy Sunday. Around 12:30 she tasked rescue vessel, Central Coast 21, to attend an 8.5m motor cruiser stranded at Ettalong. There were eight people onboard. Marine Rescue Skipper, Al Howes and his crew, Karl Leipa, Peter Fischer and Duncan Coles found the cruiser hard aground on a falling tide. The vessel was in no danger so the crew recommended it wait for the high tide to get free.

As Central Coast 21 was returning to base, the rescue vessel was flagged down by the three people in a 4.0m runabout. The people explained they had run out of fuel and asked to be towed to their yacht moored in Booker Bay.

While Central Coast 21 was busy with the runabout, at 1:40pm Jane sent Central Coast 22 with Skipper Al Morris and his crew to St Huberts Island to assist a 6.0m cruiser. The four people onboard reported a mechanical problem and the rescue crew towed them to the boat ramp at Lions Park Woy Woy.

At 2:00pm, with both rescue vessels having  boats in tow, Jane tasked Rescue Water Craft, Central Coast 11, to attend Phegans Bay to locate and assist a 5.8m runabout that reported a mechanical failure. Paul Hanlon on Central Coast 11 eventually located the stricken vessel with four people onboard in Waterfall Bay. It was slowly towed to the railway bridge at Woy Woy. Central Coast 22I then took over the tow for the long haul back to the ramp at Gosford.

Marine Rescue volunteers were also busy at the Oyster Festival where the Unit’s Annual Boat Raffle was drawn at 3:00pm. The lucky winner was ticket 00407 held by Deb Frack from Sydney who weekends at Booker Bay.

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.

 

 

 

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.

Two vessels assisted on weekend

Central Coast 22 with 15.5m Ketch in tow

Central Coast 22 with 15.5m Ketch in tow

About 2:00pm on Saturday 15 October Marine Rescue Central Coast Skipper, Al Howes and the duty boat crew, Ray Lewis, Bruce Lorking and Matthew were heading south towards Half-Tide Rocks aboard rescue vessel Central Coast 22. They were flagged down by the four people onboard a 15.5m ketch. The skipper of the yacht indicated that his vessel was struggling to make progress against the combination of a fierce outgoing tide and the gusty wind. He asked for assistance to return to his mooring at Booker Bay. Central Coast 22 undertook the tow, and with assistance of a second rescue vessel, Central Coast 21 the large yacht was placed back on its mooring.

On Sunday 16 October, the duty crew in the radio room at the Point Clare Base received a call from the skipper of an 8.5m Mustang Cruiser. He said the boat, with two people onboard, was near Wagstaffe Point and had lost all electrical power. Marine Rescue Skipper Al Howes and the Sunday duty crew, Bruce Lorking, Duncan Coles and Peter Fischer on Central Coast 21 were tasked to assist. Using the rescue boat’s portable battery supply, the vessel was able to start its engines and was then escorted most of the way to its berth in Woy Woy Bay.

Rescues at Woy Woy

Just before 3:00pm on Saturday September 24, the volunteers on duty at the Point Clare Base of Marine Rescue Central Coast received a phone call from the owner of a 4.5m runabout seeking assistance. He indicated he and his son were anchored at the entrance to Woy Woy Channel and that the boat’s motor had failed with a suspected fuel problem.

Mitch Giles was driving the Unit Rescue Water Craft (Jet Ski) in the area. He was able to determine the exact location of the runabout. This enabled Robert Smith, Ted Leeson, Peter Ashworth and Peter Fischer on rescue vessel, Central Coast 22, to proceed directly to its position and tow the disabled craft to the launching ramp at Woy Woy for retrieval. The owner expressed his relief and thanks for the prompt assistance.

Around 12:30pm on Sunday the Point Clare Base received a phone call from an Arvor 20 at Mosquito Bay with two men on board. They reported a diesel fuel blockage had stopped the engine. Ken Sharp and his crew, Peter Ashworth, Bob Knowles, Peter Fischer and Chis Hartcher aboard Central Coast 21 located the vessel and it was towed to Woy Woy Railway Bridge and passed to a tinny to enable return to its mooring.

Three Rescues on Weekend 17-18 Sept

DSC_5422Around 2:30 on Saturday 17 Sept 2016, a 27 MHz Marine Radio call for help was received in the Point Clare radio room of Marine Rescue Central Coast. The lone sailor aboard an 8.0m Bayliner Cruiser said he was near Wagstaffe Point and his engine was overheating. Rescue vessel Central Coast 21 with Jim Robertson at the helm and crew of Alan Howes and Karl Liepa was tasked to assist. They located the vessel and it was towed to its berth at Gosford Sailing Club.

The radio room received another 27 MHz call for assistance around 4:00pm from one of the five people onboard a 6.0m runabout at the north end of Paddys Channel. Jim Robertson and his duty crew on Central Coast 21 were again tasked to assist and the runabout was towed to the boat ramp at Lions Park Woy Woy for retrieval.

On Sunday 18 Sept 2016, the duty radio operator at Point Clare received a VHF radio call from one of the two people aboard a Bowrider runabout 6nm to sea off Killcare. The man advised that they could not restart the boat’s motor. Police Marine Area Command was contacted and Broken Bay Water Police were tasked to assist. The boat’s motor was able to be restarted and they were escorted to safety.

Two Marine Rescue Members Honoured

Kevin Sullivan recived a clasp for his National Medal from MR Chairman of Directors Directors James Glissan

Kevin Sullivan received a clasp for his National Medal from MR Chairman of Directors James Glissan

On Saturday 17 September, two volunteer members of Marine Rescue Central Coast were acknowledged for ten years of volunteer community service. Peter Ashworth, an Avoca Beach resident, and Kevin Sullivan, from Green Point, received clasps for their National Medals for 10 years additional service since their National Medals were first presented for fifteen years’ operational service.

Peter Ashworth also received his National  Medal clasp from James Glissan

Peter Ashworth also received his National Medal clasp from James Glissan

The National Medal is an element of the distinctive Australian system of honours and awards. It is awarded by the Governor General to members of the community who have rendered at least fifteen years’ service to specific organisations where the service can be life threatening such as the Defence Forces, Rural Fire Service, SES and Marine Rescue NSW.

Kevin Sullivan, 68, joined Coastal Patrol (now Marine Rescue) in 2005. He served in the Australian Defence Force 8th RAR as well as 14.5 years with the Army Reserve 7th Field Regiment. Kevin is a qualified marine radio operator and rescue boat crew and has recently qualified as a driver for Central Coast’s new Rescue Water Craft.

Peter Ashworth, 84, joined Coastal Patrol (now Marine Rescue) in 1991. He is a qualified marine rescue skipper and radio operator. Peter is a Marine Engineer. In addition to his operational rescue duties, he has contributed his engineering skills, assisting with the maintenance of the Unit’s rescue vessels.

The honours were presented by the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Marine Rescue NSW, James Glissan ESM QC, on behalf of the Governor General. Glissan said, “These honours are richly deserved. It is an honour to pay tribute to these members dedication to volunteer service in Coastal Patrol and Marine Rescue. The awarding of these clasps is to enable the community to say thank you for the services they have rendered.”

MR Director Pat Fayers also presented Kevin Sullivan with A MR Long Service Medal

MR Director Pat Fayers also presented Kevin Sullivan with A MR Long Service Medal

Kevin Sullivan was also presented with a Marine Rescue NSW Long Service award by Director Patricia Fayers ESM, to acknowledge his ten years continuous operational duties as well as additional activities such as quartermaster and fund raising.