Kayaker drifts 2km offshore in strong westerlies

A windy weekend in Batemans Bay saw fewer boaters out this weekend than usual, however the duty crew were still on the water maintaining their skills with excercises involving search patterns, marine drills and vessel towing. Approximately 1500 on Sunday afternoon, the radio operators were alerted to a kayaker in trouble approximately 2km off Moruya Heads. Both Marine Rescue BM30 and Westpac Lifesaver 24 helicopter were activated and tasked to attend. Lifesaver 24 was first to arrive at the scene and despite rough sea conditions and high winds, the aircrew were able to rescue the stranded paddler within 20 minutes. Following the successful rescue, BM30 returned home to the marina while the paddler was returned safely to land by the Lifesaver 24 helicopter.

Above: Sunday's seas weren't the best for kayaking on open waters. Photo by Bruno Fabbo

Remember, if you're out on the water (even if you're on a Kayak) don't forget to Logon with Marine Rescue by marine radio, telephone or the Marine Rescue NSW app. If you fail to return by your nominated time, or have another emergency on the water, it enables us to find and assist you much easier. Just another weekend of tireless volunteerism by our emergency crews keeping our boaters safe. Even though the seas were predictably big and the winds treacherous the Marine Rescue duty crew were still on the water maintaining their skills with exercises involving search patterns, marine drills and vessel towing.

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