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Channel 16 on VHF 
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Channel 88 (27.880 MHz) 
on a 27 MHz radio

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9450 2468

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News & Media

  • Knockdown!
  • January 13, 2016

Knockdown – the very word sends a chill down your spine. It lives in the mariners’ lexicon alongside other, similarly foreboding words like ‘broach’ and ‘capsize’. A knockdown is a decidedly uncomfortable and potentially very dangerous event; and one which the crew of Port Stephens 40 (Danial Thain) experienced first-hand recently.

This operation echoes another rescue by Danial Thain on 21 April 2015, when an East Coast Low parked off the Hunter coast generated cyclonic winds and huge seas that combined to drive a large sailing catamaran, Reef Dragon, on to rocks in Fame Cove. That successful rescue operation earned the crew the 2015 Australian Search and Rescue Award. Another East Coast Low lashed the Hunter region for several days in early January 2016, causing widespread flooding, damage from winds gusting upwards of 50 knots and a combined sea and swell of six to eight metres pummelling the Port Stephens coast. A handful of sailing vessels transiting the area were caught in this maelstrom and a dire situation rapidly evolved.

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