Yesterday afternoon Narooma Marine Rescue responded to a Code 1 incident where a Hobie16-type craft with 2 people on board had been swept against the lifting span of the Narooma bridge by the outgoing tide. The vessel was caught by its mast against the bridge.
Initially, a line was passed to a Narooma Police officer who was situated on the platform under the bridge. Narooma Marine Rescue deployed a Rescue Water Craft (jet ski) to take the line from the Police Officer and secure it to the RWC for towing the craft upstream and away from the bridge. The vessel was towed to the southern bridge car park and beached safely with the 2 people remaining on board.
This incident could have potentially had a worse outcome if the vessel had capsized due to the strong current which was pushing the craft against the bridge.
Great response and resolution from all involved.
PLEASE NOTE: this is not an actual photo from the incident - it is the one used as an example by Marine Rescue Narooma
Marine Rescue Narooma are a volunteer organisation dedicated to promoting safety at sea. They maintain a listening watch on vessels in the Narooma area and respond to emergencies at sea. You can follow them on Facebook HERE