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News & Media

  • Middle Harbour crew preserves vessel safety on Sydney Harbour
  • February 09, 2015

A volunteer crew from Marine Rescue Middle Harbour assisted NSW Police in preserving safety for boaters on Sydney Harbour after a 5m runabout overturned off Steele Point, Nielsen Park, yesterday afternoon.

The crew was on a training exercise on board Middle Harbour 30 when they heard a distress call reporting the vessel had overturned, with several people in the water just after 4pm.

While NSW Police Marine Area Command rescued the boaters, transferring them to a waiting NSW Ambulance at Rose Bay, MH 30 was tasked to remove the upturned boat, which was drifting close to rocks and forming a potential hazard.

Skipper Stan Watson manoeuvred MH 30 close to the vessel’s bow so a line could be attached and took up the tow, proceeding to Rose Bay wharf at a slow 2.5 knots to avoid further damage to the boat and reduce the load on the towing line.

Other vessels on the Harbour were alerted to the tow operation and requested to reduce speed and wash.

The boat, along with flotsam that had broken free and pieces of gear that the MH 30 crew had salvaged from the water to prevent it becoming a shipping hazard, were handed to NSW Police.

MRNSW Greater Sydney Regional Controller Chris Gillett congratulated the crew on the successful operation among the busy traffic drawn on to the Harbour by favourable weather and water conditions.

“We would remind boaters to make sure they keep a careful lookout for emergency operations taking place and abide by the requirements to proceed slowly,” he said.


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