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.
SHORT RANGE OPERATOR CERTIFICATE OF PROFICIENCY (SROCP) Course
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
Cost: MRSS members – $190, Members of the Public – $220 (both include the issue of the official VHF Handbook and all exam costs)
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Last Thursday morning at around 12:15AM, three people were captured on our Video Cameras prowling around the base and TS Hawkesbury next door. They boarded both the Maritime vessel and our rescue vessel looking for something to steal. Luckily, both vessels were secure.
They also attempted to open one of the roller doors on our shed and then stole a dinghy from the rack.
Below is a video of the three outside our shed. If you recognise any of these people, please inform the police.
Rotary Donation and awards Special Day for Central Coast Unit
On Saturday 9 September, Both the state member for Gosford , Liesel Tesch and Federal Member for Robertson Lucy Wicks were at Marine Rescue Central Coast to celebrate the amalgamation of the Terrigal and Point Clare Marine rescue bases as well as present long service medals to some of our volunteers. Both stated that the work done by volunteers of Marine Rescue was greatly appreciated.
Karl Liepa was presented with a medal for 15 years of service by Federal Member for Robertson Lucy Wicks
Ron Jackson and Peter Alderton were presented with medals for 10 years of service by state member for Gosford , Liesel Tesch
The Unit Commander, Roger Palmer presented Ron Cole with an award to recognise his many years of service as Central Coast Unit’s Publicity officer. One of Rons many roles over his time with the unit
President Russell Grove of Rotary Club Woy Woy presented Commander Roger Palmer with a cheque for $20,000.00!. A fantastic donation a which will be put to good use.
Liesel Tesch also presented Commander Roger Palmer with an NSW flag on behalf of the state government.
Regional Operations Manager, Steve Raymond, Command Roger Palmer, Federal Member, Lucy Wicks, Rotary Club of Woy Woy Sue O’Neill (Service Projects Director), Don Tee (Community Service Chair) and President Russell Grove and State Member Liesel Tesch
On Sunday 27th August the first collaborative training session for the recently amalgamated Point Clare and Terrigal Bases was held at Point Clare NSW. Newly appointed Deputy Unit Commander (DUC) Shaun Smith and other colleagues from the Haven Base joined with Coxwain Anthony Porter and John Jarvey from Point Clare for a familiarization exercise on Brisbane Water which included Bar Crossings and navigation of the very restricted channel leading to Broken Bay.
Just as they were to return to Base they received a radio message of a vessel in difficulties at the Rip Bridge. This enabled those aboard to gain further knowledge of the eastern channels of Brisbane Waters in a “hands on” exercise delivering the distressed vessel to Davistown.
This very convivial initial training session is the first of many which will be undertaken by crews of both Point Clare and The Haven to consolidate our resources and crews and thus provide a very efficient service to the boating public.
On Friday the 28th July the Marine Rescue Central Coast radio operators received a call from Marine Rescue Norah Head. MRNH advised that a vessel that was off Terrigal had logged on with them and were requesting assistance due to an engine problem.
Rescue vessel Central Coast 22 was tasked to assist. The call out crew quickly got to the Point Clare base and got CC22 ready for the trip to Terrigal.
They left the base at around 10:15am and headed to the location of the vessel needing assistance.
At around 11:15am CC22 located the vessel approximately 1.5nm North East of Terrigal Haven, the crew quickly got the towline attached and headed into Terrigal Haven to drop the vessel off at the ramp.
The tow was completed at approximately 11:50am and the crew onboard CC22 made their way back to the Point Clare Base
The trip was slow with a maximum comfortable speed of 8 knots due to the sea state.
The crew had to make a quick pit stop at the Booker Bay Marina to refuel, and once that was complete they continued their way back to base finally arriving just before 2:00pm.
On Saturday afternoon at 15:10 Hours, the Radio Room at Marine Rescue Central Coast received a call from a very upset boat owner stating that he had just collided with another vessel just north of the Rip bridge and there were persons in the water.
Skipper Ted Leeson and his crew Kevin Sullivan, Peter Alderton and trainee Geoff Toon were tasked to take Rescue Vessel Central Coast 21 to investigate and assist. They sped to the scene prepared for the worst.
On arrival, they were directed to an aluminium runabout with two men on board. The skipper advised that a fibreglass half cabin vessel had collided with them at speed and that one person had been thrown into the water and that he had a minor injury to his leg.
RMS Maritime was called in to assist and the BSO proceeded to interview the occupants while CC21 went to the fibreglass Vessel to determine the skippers condition. The skipper was physically well however was very upset and was treated for shock. The vessel had significant damage to its side. RMS Maritime BSO interviewed the skipper prior to the vessel being towed to Lions Park Ramp at Woy Woy.
The aluminium vessel was only slightly damaged and they were able to proceed home under their own power.
Luckily, all persons involved were able to return safely to their homes.