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  • Five winched to safety after boat capsizes near Batemans Bay
  • January 05, 2016
Five men have been rescued at sea after their catamaran capsized off the south coast of New South Wales.

Marine Rescue units were alerted on Christmas Day by a weak distress signal, which was only active for a short time.

The five were found sitting on the upturned hull of the six-metre long catamaran, three nautical miles off the coast of Durras.

The men had been in the water for more then three hours and were suffering from varying degrees of hypothermia.

One man was also concussed after hitting his head on the boat's hull.

All five were winched to safety by the Life Saver Rescue Helicopter.

The capsized boat was towed to Batemans Bay amid concerns it could pose a hazard to yachts competing in the Sydney to Hobart race.

"Volunteers secured a line to the vessel and it was towed to Batemans Bay where it was secured," Marine Rescue NSW Regional Controller Bob Herbert said.

"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.

"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.

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