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Rescue off Pedro Point

Two people whose boat broke down in a perilous location near rocks off Pedro Point south of Moruya have been rescued in a joint emergency services operation.

The 4.5-5m open runabout is believed to have suffered a mechanical failure, drifting close to rocks on the headland and the nearby bommie.

A person on shore called Marine Rescue Batemans Bay about 11.15am to report people on board a vessel about 200m offshore waving at him and passing planes from Moruya Airport to attract attention. Crews from Marine Rescue Narooma and Marine Rescue Tuross were immediately deployed to the scene, along with the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service and Surf Life Saving NSW. A crew member was winched from the Lifesaver 23 helicopter to confirm that there had only been two people on board.

An SLS team managed to cross the bommie to attach a line to the vessel and tow it a safer position.Rescue vessel Narooma 30 now has the vessel under tow, returning it to safety in the Moruya River, shadowed by Tuross 20.

Thanks to the crew of Narooma 30, Ross Constable, Julia Mayo-Ramsay, Wayne Redman and Megan Fraser; the crew of Tuross 20, Blaise Madden, Wayne Ellison and Phil Dowle; and the MR Batemans Bay radio team, Michael Dolan, Glenn Felkin, Peter O'Connor and Penny Paton.

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