In a boating emergency

Radio for help on

Channel 16 on VHF 
(distress and calling channel)

Channel 88 (27.880 MHz) 
on a 27 MHz radio


Call MRNSW on

9450 2468


Or call




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News & Media

  • Woman injured in small vessel rescue at Forster-Tuncurry
  • February 24, 2014

PHOTO:Forster-Tuncurry 30

A woman on board a small family fishing boat was reported to have suffered a serious hand injury while assisting a 4.3m boat being swept out to sea in the Breckenridge Channel near the Forster-Tuncurry Bridge today.

The boat’s engine failed and it was caught in the fast-running current of the outgoing tide, soon finding itself approaching the harbour entrance. Although helping slow the drift, the anchor was being dragged.

A man and woman on board the family fishing boat stopped to help, however, in setting up the tow line, the rope became caught around the woman’s hand, reportedly severing a finger near the first knuckle

The rescue was abandoned as the pair headed off to meet an Ambulance in the Forster boat harbour.

Another vessel also stopped to offer assistance, however, a crew from Marine Rescue Forster-Tuncurry soon arrived on the scene.  Forster-Tuncurry 30, with Ray Mazurek, Wayne Booker and Keith Herdon on board, towed the runabout back into the harbour.

MR Forster-Tuncurry Unit Commander Dennis Travers said it was probably the shortest rescue FT 30 had undertaken.

“We are appreciative of the help offered by community boaters,” UC Travers said.

“The risks are significant when towing a vessel or even by routine rope work on a boat. A sudden change in wind or unforeseen movement of either vessel can create immediate and severe risk.

“Marine Rescue boat crews train constantly in rope handling and safety but are not immune to those same risks on every rescue operation.”

Click here for article in "Great Lakes Advocate"

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