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  • Marine Rescue Batemans Bay rescues man overboard on bar
  • January 05, 2016

Volunteers from Marine Rescue Batemans Bay have saved a man who was knocked overboard when the rear of his 5m runabout was tipped from behind by a wave while crossing the bar yesterday.

A member of the public alerted Batemans Bay unit Radio Operator Peter Varkulevicius to the skipper’s plight about 10.30am.

The unit’s rigid inflatable rescue vessel Batemans 21 was on a training run nearby with Angelo Di Bella, Thomas Czarnick, Peter Elekessy and Robert Loftus on board.

The crew immediately sped to the scene, reaching the man within five minutes and plucking him from the water to safety.

Although he was wearing a lifejacket, the Freemans Reach skipper told the crew the life-saving device had not inflated when he attempted to activate it.

Another member of the public retrieved his boat, a Quintrex centre console, off Corrigans Beach, towing it to the boat ramp at Hanging Rock.

Marine Rescue NSW Monaro Regional Controller Bob Herbert said the Batemans Bay crew members deserved congratulations for their speedy response to the rescue.

“It was particularly fortunate the crew was on the water, which allowed them to rescue the skipper and return him safely to shore with 15 minutes of the base receiving the call for help,” Mr Herbert said.

“This incident is a timely reminder for all skippers to check the age, condition and servicing of their lifejackets.

“This boater had done the right thing, wearing his lifejacket to cross the bar, but it can only save your life if it operates effectively.”


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