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  • Castaway pair rescued after night on Jervis Bay island
  • January 19, 2016

A volunteer crew from Marine Rescue Jervis Bay has this morning rescued a man and woman who spent a long, wet night on Bowen Island, at the entrance to Jervis Bay, after their boat sank overnight.

The crew of Jervis Bay 40 retrieved the pair, reported to be safe and well, from the northern tip of the island just before 7.30am.

The pair told the crew they had been fishing off the island when their boat was rolled by a wave about 8pm.

The woman had been wearing a lifejacket and they used an esky as a float to make their way to the island.

They managed to attract the attention of a passing yacht early this morning, whose crew alerted Federal Police, who in turn contacted Marine Rescue Shoalhaven radio operator Glyn Williams to report two people had been sighted on the island and a boat overturned in the water.

Jervis Bay 40, with skipper Peter Keilar, Ross Harlen and Russell Pauley on board, was tasked to respond, in good conditions, locating the pair on the island.

The pair was returned to Jervis Bay 40’s berth at Creswell Naval Base, where they were met by Federal Police officers, who transported them home.

Marine Rescue NSW Illawarra Regional Controller Bruce Mitchell said the man and woman were fortunate that conditions had been mild overnight.

“They were obviously very wet and chilly but they were safe and unharmed. It could have been a different story in the weather we’ve experienced in recent weeks,” he said.

Mr Mitchell reminded all boaters to always wear lifejackets on board and to Log On and Off with Marine Rescue NSW when heading out on the water via their marine radio or the MarineRescue mobile app.


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