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  • Writer's pictureThe Beagle

Marine Rescue crews assist yacht following electrical fire off Batemans Bay

Volunteers on board Marine Rescue Batemans Bay 20 and Tuross Moruya 21 have assisted two people on board a 40-foot yacht following an electrical fire on the vessel around 7.30am this morning.

Marine Rescue NSW Inspector Stuart Massey said the distressed vessel was located 17 nautical miles (31kms) southeast of Batemans Bay by TU 21 and BM 20.

“This afternoon Marine Rescue Batemans Bay escorted a vessel back into Batemans Bay Marina.

“The vessel had earlier reported that there had been a fire on board caused by an electrical fault.

“Fortunately when our crews arrived the vessel was still safe and the crew on board the distressed vessel was safe as well,” he said.

Inspector Massey said the electrical fire disabled vital communication equipment on board the yacht.

“Fortunately they had other safety equipment on board like mobile phones and an EPIRB that was activated.

“We were able to locate them quickly and assist them back to shore,” Inspector Massey said.

Boaters are encouraged to always Log On and Log Off with Marine Rescue NSW every time they go out on the water either via VHF Channel 16 or the free Marine Rescue NSW app.


Images: Marine Rescue NSW

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