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News & Media

  • Marine Rescue volunteers help visitors reach Australia in safety
  • February 24, 2015

A 46-foot sailing vessel that suffered an engine failure en route from New Zealand has docked safely in Sydney thanks to the combined efforts of volunteers from the Marine Rescue Middle Harbour and Terrey Hills units.

The vessel had left Nelson, in New Zealand, heading for Coffs Harbour on the NSW Mid North Coast as part of a preliminary cruise before a longer voyage, but was forced to divert due to the adverse weather whipped up by Cyclone Marcia.

The vessel’s skipper contacted Marine Rescue Sydney (the call sign for MR Terrey Hills) on Saturday morning to report that its engine had failed and it would be unable to safely reach a berth.

The crew of Middle Harbour 30 was tasked to meet the vessel yesterday morning and tow it to a safe harbour, where it would be met by Australian Customs officials to complete the passengers’ official entry requirements.

Skippered by Ben Crowther, MH 30 established that the vessel was off Long Reef, making way at 5 knots.

Given their change of plans, the sailors had not yet found a place to berth in Sydney.  The MH 30 crew was able to arrange a berth at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, while also liaising with Customs.

MH 30 met the vessel about two nautical miles off North Head, taking it under tow in sloppy seas. Closer to the CYCA, the vessel was brought alongside MH 30 for the final approach.

Even though the sailing vessel was eight foot longer than MH 30, the rescue crew was able to navigate the tight access to the berth and safely dock the vessel, where it was met by Customs officials.

MR Middle Harbour Unit Commander Peter Nott congratulated the two units’ members for the assistance they had provided the international crew.

“Marine Rescue NSW volunteers, both our rescue vessel crews and radio operators such as those at MR Terrey Hills, work tirelessly to keep boaters safe on our waters, whether they are locals or visitors to our shores,” he said.

“Our members have worked together to ensure these sailors were able to make it safely into port here in Sydney.”


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