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  • Fuel pump cause of 2nd long haul offshore tow by Marine Rescue Bermagui
  • July 29, 2014

Bermagui 30 in action


When volunteers from Marine Rescue Bermagui were called out for the second time in two days last Saturday to rescue a fishing boat stranded far offshore with fuel problems, it was found that this had been caused by a fault with the vessel’s fuel pump and not running out of fuel like the other vessel.

The NSW Police Force Marine Area Command at Eden tasked the Marine Rescue crew at 10.30am to rescue the 8.3m boat adrift 24 nautical miles (40km) out to sea with four people on board.

Bermagui 30 reached the disabled vessel in just over an hour after leaving harbour. The return journey was successfully completed in around three and a half hours.

The weekend saw many skippers take to the ocean with the promise of good fishing results, especially well offshore where bluefin tuna had been running.

Acting Monaro Regional Controller Glenn Sullivan said: “Now that the 2014/15 new boating season is starting to occupy boater’s planning, Marine Rescue NSW urges all boat owners to ensure their vessels are ready for another summer on the water.

“More than 70% of all Marine Rescue calls for assistance are caused by mechanical and electric problems, many of which can be avoided with regular maintenance.

“We recommend boaters take advantage of the 50 Point Boating Safety Check provided by members of the Boating Industry Association of NSW.”

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