Five rescued from yacht



FIVE people were rescued from a sinking yacht off Wooli yesterday after a search helicopter was initially sent out off the NSW South Coast. A breakdown in communication through the triple-0 service led to a Care Flight helicopter rescue team being sent to a point 18 nautical miles east of Bulli, north of Wollongong. But the boat and its occupants were in difficulty off the coast of Wooli, between Woolgoolga and Yamba. "We got sent to a place off Bulli but it was obviously another spot," said a spokesman for NRMA CareFlight. Dr Ken Harrison, from CareFlight, told ABC Radio: "I would imagine that if you rang a triple-0 number in distress because your boat was sinking perhaps things weren't all that clear and something got lost in translation". The five people rescued off the boat were all unharmed. The rescue operation was launched between 10am and 11am yesterday. A NSW Ambulance spokesman confirmed they had not been called to Wooli but did attend a 'similar' incident in Bulli earlier in the morning, but added it turned out to be a 'non-incident'.



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