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  • Five people and a dog saved by new Marine Rescue Central Coast vessel
  • January 20, 2015

In its first mass rescue, Central Coast 22, the new fast response rescue vessel delivered to Marine Rescue Central Coast only in mid December, responded to an urgent phone call yesterday from an observant good Samaritan.

At 5:15pm on Sunday (18 Jan) five people and their dog abandoned their sinking boat near the Brian McGowan Bridge.

Volunteers at the Marine Rescue Central Coast base in nearby Point Clare were on the way within three minutes of receiving the call.

When Skipper Ken Sharp and his crew, Dennis Byrne and Cameron Veacock reached to the scene they found five people and their dog struggling to get a safe foothold on the rocky, oyster covered foreshore.

The dog and people were taken on board CC022.

Ken Sharp said, “The owner told me they were anchored on the 4.5m fiberglass ski boat near the railway bridge at the entrance to Fagan’s Bay when they noticed water rising. It came in so quickly that they had to abandon the boat.”

The five wet, barefoot and dishevelled people and their wet, bare-pawed dog were taken to safety at Gosford Public wharf, pleased to be back on dry land and thankful for the Marine Rescue crew for their assistance.

Marker buoys were placed at the site of the sunken vessel to warn of the potential navigation hazard and guide the owner for subsequent salvage.


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