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  • Marine Rescue NSW units respond to emergency beacon on NSW South Coast
  • December 26, 2015

In another serious Christmas Day incident, volunteers from Marine Rescue Batemans Bay were tasked this morning by Sydney Police Marine Area Command to respond to anEPIRB emergency beacon activated off Batemans Bay.

The EPIRB was detected only for a very short time however as the beacon was registered, this provided authorities with family contact details for the beacon owner.

Marine Rescue units at Batemans Bay, Narooma and Bermagui were alerted and tried to make contact with the registered vessel. At about 1150 am Westpac Rescue Helicopter Lifesaver 23 located a 6 metre catamaran capsized about 3 nautical miles off Durras on the NSW south coast. There were five people sitting on the upturned hull of the vessel.

The helicopter was successful in winching off two of the survivors and taking them to shore at Batemans Bay and then returning to winch off the remaining three survivors to safety.

Marine Rescue vessel Batemans Bay 30 was in transit to the location to assist however the winching operation was completed just a few minutes before they arrived.

The capsized catamaran had now become a potential serious hazard for coastal marine traffic especially as over 100 yachts are to pass that way tomorrow in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race.

NSW Police Marine Area Command tasked Batemans Bay 30to try to take the capsized vessel in tow.

Bob Herbert, Marine Rescue NSW Regional Controller Monaro, said, “Marine Rescue Batemans Bay volunteers secured a line to the vessel and it was towed to Batemans Bay where it was secured. The conditions at time were 3 metre seas with the wind at about 25 knots.  These conditions made for a slow return to Batemans Bay."

This was the third serious incident today to which Marine Rescue NSW crews have responded.

The first was the search for a missing man at Tuncurry on the Mid North Coast, the second a boat that sank off Fingal Lighthouse in Port Stephens. Several minor incidents have also been attended to by MRNSW volunteers.

Bob Herbert said, “Marine Rescue NSW urges all boaters to take extra care during the holidays. There are many more boats out and about and emergencies can occur at any time.

When you get on a boat, put on your lifejacket, and Log On with your local Marine Rescue radio base so someone responsible knows you’re out there and when you’re due back.”


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