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  • Writer's pictureThe Beagle

Marine Rescue BBay busy over Easter

A busy start to the Easter weekend for the volunteers at Marine Rescue Batemans Bay.

Shortly after 1700 on Friday evening, the unit was tasked to assist a 5m runabout broken down upstream of the Batemans Bay bridge. A crew of Michael Syrek, Greg Lee and Warren Lewis were tasked on BM20 to assist, and towed the vessel to a nearby boat ramp, arriving at 19:30.

Saturday morning saw a busy morning of activity at the Hanging Rock ramp, and while the duty crew were getting ready for the days training, the radio room received a call from a 5.7m half-cab vessel broken down in the Clyde River. A crew of Murray McCracken, Greg Lee and David Murn were tasked to assist and return the vessel to the Hanging Rock boat ramp, arriving approximately 1130.

While conducting training in Batemans Bay, the crews were alerted to a PWC grounded on the sand bar on the falling tide. Both BM21 and BM30 responded, and assisted the rider back to shore. Upon the tide rising to a suitable level to float the PWC this evening, a crew comprising of Murray McCracken, Greg Lee, David Murn and Phillip Booth returned the rider to his vessel and once floated, towed it back to Hanging Rock boat ramp, arriving safely at approximately 19:45.

Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott, the Federal Member for Warringah, is well known for his support of volunteers. During a visit to Batemans Bay he visited Marine Rescue Batemans Bay. Mr Abbott accompanied the Federal Member for Gilmore Ann Sudmalis. Above: MR Batemans Bay Unit Commander Michael Syrek, who hosted the visit, was presented with his Ten Year Long Service Medal. This Easter long weekend don't forget to Log On and Log Off with Marine Rescue NSW using your marine radio or the Marine Rescue app for smartphones and mobile devices. Let our volunteers know where you are going, how many people are on board and when you expect to return

Above: some of the many faces behind your Marine Rescue volunteers

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