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  • Man injured in runabout accident
  • July 22, 2014
Around 4:50pm, the duty operator in the radio room at Marine Rescue Central Coast received a phone call from an observant member of the public advising that an unoccupied runabout was running in circles at speed near the Koolewong entrance to the Woy Woy Channel.

The operator notified the Water Police who tasked rescue vessel, Central Coast 20, to attend urgently. Skipper Norm Smith and his crew Ken Sharp, Mitch Giles and Andrew McKellar were on site within 10 minutes. Their worst fears were realized when they found the boat stopped ashore and an injured and incoherent man in the water.

The boat crew got the man on board the rescue boat and administered first aid to the man’s badly injured leg. The crew radioed the base to arrange for an ambulance and ask that the base advise the Water Police of the situation. Police and the Ambulance Service met the rescue boat at a Koolewong wharf, where he was transferred to the ambulance.

The rescue boat, with a policeman on board, returned to the scene of the accident to search for any other persons who may have been on the runabout. No one else was found. Water Police took control of the runabout for further investigation

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