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  • Marine Rescue NSW rescues fisherman in Mayday off Montague Island
  • December 02, 2016

Marine Rescue NSW volunteers have rescued an elderly fisherman whose 5m runabout was drifting on to rocks off Montague Island on the state’s South Coast.

A Mayday call was received by MR Bermagui Radio Operator Lynda Bailey at 9.25am today from the fisherman, reporting engine trouble.

His anchor was dragging in the fast current and his boat drifting dangerously close to rocks on the northern side of the island. The skipper was wearing a lifejacket.

The Mayday call was immediately relayed to MR Narooma where Radio Operator Patricia O’Shae and Watch Officer Brenda Cavey activated the crew of Narooma 30.

Rescue crew Ross Constable and Trevor Taylor reached the stricken vessel within 20 minutes of launching.

The fisherman was shaken and seasick.

The runabout’s engine was restarted, with Narooma 30 then escorting the boat back to the Narooma boat ramp.

Regional Operations Manager Glenn Sullivan congratulated the MR Narooma and MR Bermagui members on a swift and efficient response to help the distressed fisherman.

“This man is fortunate that MRNSW has professionally trained and equipped volunteers to come to his rescue,” he said.

“This emergency could have had a very different outcome if it were not for the speedy coordinated response of the members of Marine Rescue Narooma and MR Bermagui.”

Mr Sullivan reminded boaters to ensure their marine radios were in good operating condition before heading out on the water over the peak boating season and to always wear lifejackets whenever they were on board.

Marine Rescue New South Wales has 45 units and 3,000-plus volunteer members.


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