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  • New Marine Rescue Lake Macquarie Jetski in Emergency Response
  • July 13, 2015

Photo: Marine Rescue NSW Jet Ski Rescue Water Craft (RWC)

When Rescue Water Craft (RWC) (Jetski) Operator Zoe Tylee was preparing to practice her rescue techniques in Swansea Channel yesterday morning (Sunday 12 July), she didn’t expect to put her new skills into immediate effect.

 At around 10am, a man who had been kayaking on the lake and had succumbed to the effects of the extremely cold conditions that struck the state yesterday, was spotted by chance in a very shallow part of Swansea Channel by NSW Maritime Boating Safety Officer Mick McKenzie. The man was suffering from severe hypothermia and was in need of rescue, but the limited depth prevented access by larger vessels.

Mr McKenzie contacted Marine Rescue Lake Macquarie for assistance and Ms Tyler was able to bring her RWC into the shallows to recover the man and return him to the larger vessel further offshore.

During the rescue, Ms Tyler radioed Lake Macquarie Radio Base Operator Allan Jones who requested an ambulance to the Marine Rescue base to assist the patient. This was organised promptly and the man was transferred to ambulance and taken to hospital where he is recovering.

The RWC was again used to get back into the shallow water and retrieve the man’s kayak which was towed back to the Marine Rescue base.

Marine Rescue Lake Macquarie Unit Commander Jim Wright was full of praise for both Ms Tyler and also the recently acquired Rescue Water Craft “this rescue vessel provides a level of flexibility and maneuverability that greatly complements the existing fleet. Accessing areas of shallow water and initial quick response to emergencies is the mandate of these jetskis, and in yesterday’s text-book response by Zoe we saw a great example of their value” said Mr Wright.

NSW Deputy Commissioner Dean Storey added his congratulations “the quick response and effective coordination between Marine Rescue assets and RMS resulted in the ideal outcome of this gentleman being returned safely to his friends and family”.

Marine Rescue NSW urges all boaters to adequately assess conditions and risk before venturing out on the water, particularly in winter where inclement weather and the effects of the cold can greatly affect safety.


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