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  • Marine Rescue vessels join search for dismasted yacht off Illawarra coast
  • December 23, 2014

Photo: Marine Rescue Jervis Bay 40

Volunteers from Marine Rescue Shoalhaven and Jervis Bay units have joined NSW Police Marine Area Command searching for a yacht in trouble off the Illawarra coast.


The skipper and sole occupant of the yacht, believed to be a 13m (43ft) vessel, first called Marine Rescue Shoalhaven last night (Monday) to report the loss of his tender on a voyage north to Broken Bay. At the time he advised that no assistance was required.


This morning the skipper made another call by mobile phone to advise a worsening situation with a broken mast, loss of engine, no electrics or radio and uncertainty about his position. In last night’s call he reported that he was off Currarong, immediately north of Jervis Bay.


Searchers have now obtained position co-ordinates and are making for that location.

Bruce Mitchell, Marine Rescue NSW Regional Controller Illawarra, said “There was a Strong Wind Warning for Illawarra waters yesterday but that has been cancelled, However the forecast for today promises north to north easterly winds up to 25 knots, seas of 1.5 to 2m on a north easterly swell of around a metre so while conditions are better than yesterday, they’re more than challenging for anyone without power or sail. There’s also the chance of a thunderstorm during the morning and afternoon.”


Three vessels are currently involved in the search. 


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