March saw the Flotilla’s crews busy with several minor assists and one major Water Police activation. The assist, conducted at night in bad weather conditions, saw Cooloola Rescue II, tasked to rescue the crew of a sailing catamaran that had capsized on the Wide Bay Bar.
Aided by the Sunshine Coast Rescue helicopter, who located the vessel and remained on scene until our arrival, the crew were successfully rescued, though by all accounts, there were a few hair-raising moments.
The catamaran’s crew were extremely relieved to see the “big yellow boat” emerge from the darkness. The vessel was washed up on the beach north of Hook Point a few days later, with wreckage scattered over a wide area.
The boating weather has been somewhat unfriendly of late, but for those boaties who do venture out, remember to log on with Coast Guard before you leave – it costs nothing but a few minutes of your time and could save your life in an emergency.
Our boat raffle is still available – find us at the market. Coast Guard Tin Can Bay also offers Marine Assist subscriptions for $60 per year – it also makes a great gift for the boatie who has everything. For information call 5486 4290, visit www.coastguard.com.au, or www.facebook.com/coastguard.tincanbay.