THE Marine Rescue Narooma unit has been somewhat busy over the beginning of the holiday season.
The rigid-hull inflatable boat (RHIB) named Narooma 30 on Monday assisted in the search for a missing stand-up paddler off Tuross Head.
“We responded with lights and sirens which is the case when someone is missing at sea,” Skipper Ross Constable said.
“This was the first emergency case of the season and hopefully the last.”
Mr Constable said despite this had been the first real emergency call out of the season, the unit had assisted two other vessels since Christmas.
Both of these were fishing boats at Montague Island with engine or mechanical difficulties and were towed back to Narooma without incident, Mr Constable said.
There was one other call-out to assist a broken down vessel on Wagonga Inlet on the weekend, but this vessel was assisted by another boat before Narooma 30 arrived.
Regarding Monday’s would-be rescue of the paddler, the search was called off at about 1.30pm when a man matching the description was seen exiting the water at Dalmeny Beach.
Also responding on Monday were the Marine Rescue Tuross vessel Tuross 20, as well as the Westpac lifesaver helicopter and various surf life saving rubber ducks and Jet-skis.
Marine Rescue Narooma as always is urging all boaters to log on and log off when heading offshore.
Rescue tinny raffle reminder
MARINE Rescue NSW has launched its largest ever fundraising campaign, with a $400,000 bonanza of fishing boats to be won over summer.
MRNSW units along the coastline and on the Alpine Lakes will be raffling boat, motor and trailer packages valued at almost $9000.
From the Northern Rivers south, our supporters and those keen to get on the water will be lining up for tickets to win an MR384 AnglaPro runabout - specially built and named for Marine Rescue NSW -fitted with a 9.9hp 4-stroke fuel-injected Suzuki outboard, on a Dunbier trailer.
The Narooma unit is selling tickets around town through the holiday period including at their sausage stand at Apex boat ramp.