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.

Boxing Day Rescues

Marine Rescue crew, George Kowalski, keeping check of the towline on Central Coast 22, with the 4.5m runabout in tow to Gosford Boat Ramp

Marine Rescue crew, George Kowalski, keeping check of the towline on Central Coast 22, with the 4.5m runabout in tow to Gosford Boat Ramp

The volunteers on duty at Marine Rescue Central on Boxing Day, 26 December 2016 were contacted by the owner of a 4.5m runabout around 10:30am. He said his vessel, with six people on board, was west of Saratoga near the oyster leases and that he had an engine problem. Duty Skipper, Bren Weston and his crew Max Landells and George Kowalski aboard rescue vessel, Central Coast 22, responded and soon had the boat in tow. As they approached Gosford Boat Ramp the rescue boat and the boat in tow were harassed by Personal Water Craft endangering the safety of those in the towed boat and making berthing very difficult.

Around1 :45pm John Jarvey and crew Bruce Lorking, Peter Fischer and Malcolm Sinclair aboard rescue vessel Central Coast 21 were sent to the entrance to Cockle Broadwater at Kincumber South to assist a 7.5m Bayliner Motor Cruiser that requested help due to a mechanical problem. The tow to a private mooring adjacent to Ettalong wharf proved to be quite demanding due to the narrow channels, falling tide and gusty 20 knot N/East wind. The two people on board expressed their gratitude for the assistance provided by the volunteers who gave up family time to assist the boating community.

Saturday Night Callout

Stock Photo of rescue vessel Central Coast 22

Stock Photo of rescue vessel Central Coast 22

The Marine Rescue Central Coast ‘on-call’ volunteers were contacted at their homes around 7:30pm on Saturday night 17th Dec to assist a family on a 6.0m runabout at Blackwall (about halfway between Orange Grove and Lions Park Woy Woy.) The family of five, two adults and three children, had called 000 when their boat had engine failure. They were concerned about safety due to approaching darkness and the forecast southerly change. Water Police tasked Marine Rescue Central Coast to assist.

The rescue boat crew, Skipper Phil Page and crew Robert M Smith, soon had Central Coast 22 ready to go from the Point Clare Base. In darkness, as the rescue crew approached the area where the runabout was located the family were asked to shine a light to identify their vessel. It seems that most on board had a torch and the runabout was readily located. The tow to Gosford Boat Ramp was completed just before the expected southerly arrived on Brisbane Water to the relief of all concerned.

Not so Sporting for Cruiser

Central Coast 21

Central Coast 21

The owner of a 7.0m Sport Cruiser called the volunteers at Marine Rescue Central Coast around 11:00am on Saturday 10 December. He was one of two people aboard the cruiser that was on Brisbane Water near Gosford Sailing Club. The man said his vessel had a mechanical problem and requested help to return to his berth at St Huberts Island.

Rescue Vessel Central Coast 21 that was training crew at the Little Box Head Bar was tasked to assist. Rescue Skipper Brian Warburton and his crew, Karl Leipa, Ray Lewis and Jack Bree soon had the cruiser in tow and back to its private jetty at St Huberts.

She’s a winner

A happy and excited Deborah Frack collects her boat and trailer from CMDR Roger Palmer while husband Bradley looks after the paperwork

A happy and excited Deborah Frack collects her boat and trailer from CMDR Roger Palmer while husband Bradley looks after the paperwork

On Saturday 3 Dec, the winner of Marine Rescue Central Coast’s 2016 Boat Raffle arrived at the Point Clare Base to collect her prize from Unit Commander Roger Palmer. A very excited Deborah Frack came with her husband, Bradley. She explained, “We spent most of Saturday (12 Nov) at Woy Woy Police Station because our boat had been stolen from the house at Booker Bay. On Sunday (13 Nov) we went to the Oyster Festival at Ettalong and bought tickets from the Marine Rescue boys. I have never won anything before, and it’s just what we needed.”

The prize, a Quintrex 350 Explorer with Mercury Outboard, registered boat trailer and safety equipment was supplied by Insinc Marine of West Gosford.

Deborah is a worthy winner. The family currently lives at Brookvale but has purchased a house at Booker Bay. Deborah is a compulsive volunteer for many local organisations in her area including the Duffys Forest RFS. We look forward to seeing her and Bradley on Brisbane Water during the boating season.

 

 

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.