Close call after boat flips crossing Tuross Head bar

As holidaymakers flock to the coast, the region’s emergency crews are keeping watergoers safe.

Marine Rescue NSW regional operations manager, Glenn Sullivan, said crews along the South Coast had a busy week, responding to a rescue in Tuross Head, several vessels with mechanical failure and a sighting of a upturned boat floating off the Tollgate Islands near Batemans Bay.

Mr Sullivan said Marine Rescue crews, the Westpac Life Saver 23 helicopter and lifeguards attended the rescue of two people after their boat overturned when crossing the bar at Tuross Head on the morning of Saturday, January 12.

He said rescue personnel were at the scene within two minutes, with lifeguards assisting the people on a jetski and bringing them to shore.

Marine Rescue crews were also called to assist a boat that had broken drown outside the Narooma bar on Saturday.

Mr Sullivan said Roads and Maritime Services were kept busy inshore, receiving calls to two boats with engine trouble.

On the same day further north, crews were called to help three vessels with mechanical failure in Batemans Bay.

This week, crews are yet to receive a reprieve, after being called to investigate an overturned boat found off Batemans Bay yesterday.

OVERTURNED BOAT: Emergency crews have conducted an air and sea search after an overturned boat was found near Batemans Bay on Tuesday, January 15. Photo: Westpac Life Saver 23.

OVERTURNED BOAT: Emergency crews have conducted an air and sea search after an overturned boat was found near Batemans Bay on Tuesday, January 15. Photo: Westpac Life Saver 23.

Mr Sullivan said an upturned catamaran was sighted by a charter vessel near the Tollgate Islands just after 6am on Tuesday, January 15.

Batemans Bay Marine Rescue, Westpac Life Saver 23, NSW Police and Roads and Maritime Services attended the scene and conducted a search of the area.

A Westpac Life Saver 23 spokesperson said there were no personal belongings found.

“Our rescue crew officer has been winched onto the boat (and) confirmed that no person is on board. Nothing further was located in an extensive air and sea search,” the spokesperson said.

Marine Rescue towed the boat into Batemans Bay to allow police to investigate.

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