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  • Marine Rescue Trial Bay volunteers rescue stranded jet ski riders
  • January 05, 2016

Volunteers from Marine Rescue Trial Bay have this afternoon saved three men from a stricken jet ski stranded almost half a kilometre offshore on the NSW Mid North Coast.

Unit radio operator Chris Parkinson received a call from a member of the public about 1.50pm today reporting that a jet ski was sinking half-way between Hat Head and Black Rock, north of South West Rocks.

Unit Commander Chris Mainey and leading crew member Mark Winn were swiftly on the water on board the unit’s Naiad rescue vessel, Trial Bay 30, to search for the men.

Marine Rescue NSW Mid North Coast Regional Controller John Murray said that after a fast and bumpy trip in a 10 to 15 knot north easterly wind and swells up to 2.5 metres, the rescue crew had located the men and taken them safely on board.

“The crew is to be congratulated for such a rapid and professional response to this emergency, which could have had a far worse outcome,” Mr Murray said.

“Within 30 minutes of the base receiving the call for help, the crew had arrived on the scene and rescued the trio, who were then returned, along with the jet ski, to Hat Head.

“The jet ski is thought to have blown a water intake hose, quickly filling its hull, which the men were bailing out when the rescue vessel arrived on the scene.

“The three men, who were heading to Fish Rock to do some spearfishing, were wearing wet suits and lifejackets. They did the right thing, sensibly staying with the ski, which enabled the crew to quickly spot them about 400 metres offshore.”

Mr Murray reminded all boaters, including jet ski riders, to always wear lifejackets and Log On with Marine Rescue NSW when heading out on the water, either via their marine radio or the MarineRescue mobile app.

“If you Log On, someone responsible knows you’re out on the water, where you’re headed and when you’re due back. If you don’t Log Off as expected, our volunteers will start to search for you,” he said.


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