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  • Marine Rescue Illawarra volunteers respond to string of incidents
  • February 12, 2015

Volunteers from Marine Rescue NSW units on the Illawarra coastline have responded to three serious incidents today.

MRNSW Illawarra Regional Controller Bruce Mitchell said the separate operations had involved crews from the Marine Rescue Shoalhaven, Port Kembla and Jervis Bay units.

A crew from Marine Rescue Shoalhaven, aboard Shoalhaven 30, has been assisting NSW Police throughout the day at the scene of a fatal boating accident in the Shoalhaven River off Comerong Island.

Triple Zero had received a report that a boat was spinning in circles north of the ferry barge and a man had been found floating deceased in the water.

About 11.30am, Port Kembla 30 responded to a boat that had overturned off Bellambi.  Two people on board were safely recovered from the water by a nearby boater.

“The upturned boat was forming a possible navigation hazard for other vessels in the area so the crew of PK 30 towed it to deeper water, righted it and towed it back to Bellambi boat ramp,” Mr Mitchell said.

Around noon, the crew of Jervis Bay 40 headed out to the scene of a reported flare sighting about half a nautical mile offshore from Little Beecroft, between Jervis Bay and Shoalhaven Heads.

Mr Mitchell said the crew had not located any vessel in trouble, despite an extensive search of the area over three hours.

“Our volunteers are equipped and trained to respond to a range of incidents and emergencies on the water. The members of these three units deserve credit for their swift and professional response to these incidents today,” Mr Mitchell said.


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