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  • Drifting cruiser rescued in late night operation off Newcastle
  • April 10, 2018
A volunteer crew from Marine Rescue Newcastle rescued a 40-foot cruiser that lost its steering in rough seas 10 nautical miles off Newcastle shortly before Midnight.

The vessel was adrift near three bulk carriers, adding to the potential danger for the two people on board.

Marine Rescue NSW Acting Hunter/Central Coast Regional Operations Manager Glenn Evans praised the volunteers for their efforts to reach the cruiser in rough seas and tow it safely into Newcastle Harbour.

“The crew faced two metre seas and a 20 knot wind,” he said.

“This overnight rescue brought a dramatic end to the peak boating season.”

The peak boating season in NSW runs from the October long weekend to Easter.

The flybridge cruiser was travelling from Port Macquarie to Brisbane Water on the Central Coast when it experienced steering issues 10 nautical miles east south east of Nobbys Head.

MRNSW radio bases at Lake Macquarie and Terrey Hills received a call from the vessel requesting urgent assistance about 11:15pm Monday.

The rescue vessel Newcastle 30 was activated with MR Newcastle Unit Commander Ron Calman as skipper and Rick Nevile and Lyn Van-Homrigh the crew.

They towed the cruiser to a berth at Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club, completing the task about 4am Tuesday.

Mr Evans said boaters in the Hunter/Central Coast region were well served by their local Marine Rescue boat crews and radio operators.

The cruiser rescue was one of 28 incidents MRNSW responded to in Hunter/ Central Coast waters over the long weekend.


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