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  • Batemans Bay crew rescues woman from bitterly cold waters
  • July 18, 2016

Batemans 30 speeds to rescue a woman overboard this afternoon. Photo: Bay Post

A volunteer crew from Marine Rescue Batemans Bay has sped to the rescue of a woman overboard in chilling conditions this afternoon, arriving on scene within 12 minutes of receiving an urgent radio call for help.

Unit Watch Officer Richard Charles and trainee Radio Operator David Murn received a radio call from another vessel at 2.25pm today, reporting that a person was in the water, holding on to a dinghy among yachts moored opposite the Zorba Motel on the Clyde River waterfront.

Volunteer crew members Glenn Felkin, Michael Syrek and Mick Kelly immediately deployed rescue vessel Batemans 30, arriving on the scene at 2.37pm.  The crew found the woman in the water, wearing a lifejacket, which was not securely fitted.

While she apparently had not been wearing the lifejacket when she fell overboard, it had been passed to her by her partner, who was clutching her from the dinghy and holding her up in the water.

She was having difficulty breathing and becoming fatigued from holding on to the dinghy in the cold conditions, with the wind blowing 20 knots from the North West.

Glenn Felkin boarded the dinghy, helping retrieve the woman from the water before she was transferred to Batemans 30 and transported to a local wharf, where she was met by an Ambulance crew and local police at 2.55pm.

Marine Rescue NSW Deputy Commissioner Dean Storey praised the MR Batemans Bay radio operators and crew members for their quick response to the woman’s plight.

“The Batemans Bay volunteers are to be congratulated for their coordinated and professional response today,” he said.  “This woman could have been in serious trouble in the cold water in winter on the Far South Coast. She is fortunate that our members were quickly on the scene to rescue her and return her to shore.”

In a subsequent incident, Batemans 30, with Matthew Mason, Michael Bennett, Peter Varkulevicius and Tom Czarnik on board, responded to an EPIRB signal.

MRNSW Monaro Regional Controller Bob Herbert said the boat in distress had been located by rescue helicopter and another local vessel had taken the boat in tow, with BM 30 standing by.  It was understood the passengers on board had not been injured.

“These incidents are a timely reminder for all boaters to put on their lifejackets when they get on their boats and to carry an EPIRB in case of emergencies,” Mr Herbert said.


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