In a boating emergency

Radio for help on

Channel 16 on VHF 
(distress and calling channel)

Channel 88 (27.880 MHz) 
on a 27 MHz radio


Call MRNSW on

9450 2468


Or call




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News & Media

  • Fishermen learn painful lesson on Sussex bar
  • October 08, 2014

The need for boaters to take extreme caution when crossing bars was rammed home painfully to two visiting fishermen at Sussex Inlet on the weekend.

The two men were forced to call Marine Rescue Sussex Inlet for help when they sustained facial injuries after taking a mate’s advice to “gun it” across the bar and crashing over a wave.

Unit Commander Ron Ford said the rescue crew, skipper Ray Barrie, Keith Jackson, Barry Childs and Scott Miller, had launched Sussex 10 to respond within 15 minutes of the unit’s radio base receiving the fishermen’s radio call at 6.45am on Saturday.

He said the crew had located the fishing boat just outside the bar, transferring the bleeding fishermen to Sussex 10 and a crew member to take control of their boat.

He said men had sought their mate’s advice as they had never crossed a bar before.

“It seems that when they hit the first wave at speed, the boat rose into the air and when it crashed down again both men hit their faces on the top of the windscreen,” he said.

“One had severe damage around his mouth and his teeth had bitten through his lips, while the other, who was wearing glasses, sustained injuries around his right eye. 

“As soon as our Skipper assessed the injuries he called for an Ambulance, which met the rescue vessel upon its return to our base. The two men were then transferred to Shoalhaven Hospital.

“Thankfully, their injuries were not as serious as first feared and they were able to return home in the afternoon.

“Keith Jackson brought the rescued vessel back over the bar after collecting as much fishing gear as he could find from the water.

“The next morning the men came down to collect their boat and gear and were most grateful for the speedy assistance we had provided.

“They gave us a generous donation and we gave them a short lesson on bar safety.”

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