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  • Two rescues in one afternoon at MR Ulladulla
  • July 11, 2016

Photos: Lisa Hardwick

Volunteer members at Marine Rescue Ulladulla carried out two rescue operations in just over four hours yesterday afternoon, returning five people on board two boats to safety.

About 1.50pm, the unit received a call from a 5.75m open runabout with two people on board that had experienced engine failure 8.5 nautical miles east of Stokes Island.

Skipper David Lindley, Allan Brook, John Taber and Lisa Hardwick responded on board Ulladulla 30 in 2m easterly and 2m south easterly swells, 2m seas with 5 knot NNE winds.

In overcast conditions but with good visibility and an accurate position provided by the skipper, the vessel was sighted easily at 2.50pm. The rescue crew towed the boat to Ulladulla public pontoon in the harbour, returning to base at 4.40pm.

At 6.10pm, the skipper of a 5.5m cabin runabout with three people on board contacted the unit, concerned that the conditions were  rougher than expected and fearing the boat might run out of fuel. A friend on land also called to report his concern for the vessel and occupants.

David Lindley, Allan Brook and Lisa Hardwick headed out again to assist. With poor visibility in the darkness, UL 30 located the boat about 6nm south of Warden Head, escorting it to Ulladulla Harbour between 5 and 8 knots, arriving at 8pm.


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