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  • Motor problems spell trouble with strong wind and solid swell in and around Broken Bay
  • October 05, 2016
MARINE Rescue’s Broken Bay unit was kept busy on the weekend, with winds gusting at up to 80km/h and a solid swell entering Broken­ Bay.

One of the riskiest jobs was towing a catamaran that had broken down one nautical mile off Broken Bay on Monday afternoon and was struggling to sail in the difficult conditions.

The Marine Rescue vessel took the catamaran in tow but then had to allow both boats to drift out to sea to clear Barrenjoey Head before­ it could be towed to the Royal Motor Yacht Club at Newport.

On Saturday morning, the crew of Broken Bay 20 was tasked with towing a boat that had broken down at Coasters Retreat to Juno Point, where it was met by a boat from Marine Rescue’s Hawkesbury unit, which took the boat to Brooklyn.

Marine Rescue was then told of a boat that was sinking at a mooring near Taylors­ Point.

When the crew of Broken Bay 30 arrived, they found the boat had sunk to the gunwales but was still attached­ to its mooring and was being stopped from sinking by buoyancy in the bow.

No one was aboard the sinking vessel, the owner of which contacted the owner of a salvage barge but due to the conditions, it was decided­ it would be too dangerous to try to recover the boat until Sunday.

The crew of Broken Bay 30 was then sent to rescue two kayakers in trouble off Quays Marina.

One of the kayakers was in the water but staff at the marina saved the kayaker and salvaged the kayak.
Broken Bay 30 then went to the aid of a boat with motor problems and towed it to the boat ramp at Rowland Reserve.

On Saturday afternoon, the crew of Broken Bay 30 went to the aid of a 30ft yacht on a mooring in Morning Bay that had engine problems. On board the yacht were two adults and two children aged under five.

Broken Bay 30 towed the stricken yacht to a mooring at McCarrs Creek.

On Sunday morning, the crew of one of the unit’s rescue vessels had to help tow a 30m vessel to Apple Tree Bay near Bobbin Head.

The boat was passed to a Marine Rescue Cottage Point vessel off West Head, which took the boat to its mooring.

Just after noon on Sunday, Marine Rescue volunteers had to tow a 6m boat towards Woy Woy because its engine had lost power.

The tow was handed to Marine Rescue Central Coast near Lobster Beach.

On Sunday afternoon a 5m vessel with a faulty engine­ had to be towed to the commuter wharf at Church Point and then the crew of Broken Bay 20 went to the aid of a boat with a flat battery near Taylors Point.

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