Bermagui Marine Rescue recovers yacht in Force 6

CONDITIONS have generally been windy keeping many boats from going out and therefore the Bermagui Marine Rescue unit has been out on relatively few rescues.

On January 27, the Bermagui unit received a call out to a 30-foot yacht with engine trouble.

The skipper indicated that they were able to sail most of the way but would need assistance into the harbour.

It was agreed that lifeboat BG30 would be called when they reached Camel Rock and set off upon receiving that call.

Conditions were rough with estimated Force 6 seas and breakers at the harbour entry.

Narooma Marine Rescue had been unable to get out and the yacht had been unable to get into Narooma.

The tow was successfully completed under Master Steve Angelo, with a few dangerous moments coming through the breakers. 

The most recent rescue was a small run about in good conditions with a flooded outboard.

However, towing a small vessel has its own complications of keeping it in good trim on the water. This entailed top speed of about 6 knots all the way from Montague Island.

The unit would like to thank both skippers for their generous donations which with money raised from the recent tinny raffle will allow for some technical and other improvements to BG30.

The Narooma Marine Rescue unit meanwhile this week began work on its new wharf at Mill Bay with the new rescue vessel NA30 due to arrive later this month.

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