WATCH: Sand bar almost sees boats washed onto the rocks

HEADING out for a fish turned into a mission for the brave on the weekend after a build up of sand at the entrance caused a few close calls.

Surfers could be seen catching a fun-sized wave at the entrance and standing in knee deep water as they made their way across the front of the ramp.

Multiple boats were caught heading out on the low tide catching their motors on the sand and almost being swamped by waves.

One boat was heading out when it got stuck in the sand, once free a wave hit it at just the wrong angle and turning the nose towards the rocks.

Two deckies jumped overboard while the driver had the motor flat chat in reverse to avoid hitting the rocks.

While reversing, a decent sized wave crashed into the back of the boat.

The boat was able to get a safe distance away from the waves and rocks before engine problems meant they needed to be towed.

The NSW Roads and Maritime Services granted $1million to fund work on the ramp in September 2014.

Extension works were completed with the aim to reduce excessive wave surge at the ramp.

The boat ramp basin excavation saw 9,500 cubic metres of sand lifted creating a depth of metre below the mean low water level.

About 3,000 tonnes of armour rock was then placed on the basin floor and perimeter to disrupt water flow patterns.

Coffs Harbour City Council workers also regularly dredge the mouth of the ramp to avoid dangerous build up.

"The ramp is checked daily and we last dredged it on Wednesday," a spokeswoman for the council said.

"Our understanding is that any problems experienced by boat users were actually in the harbour, not at the ramp.

"There were exceptionally low tides over the weekend, which were exacerbated by stormy conditions further north and sand levels can change with each tide.

Have you had a close call at the Coffs Harbour boat ramp? Let us know.

 

The boat ramp attracted a few surfers with a fun sized wave.
The boat ramp attracted a few surfers with a fun sized wave. Rachel Vercoe

 

Two years ago a similar scene was filmed by Coffs Harbour local Brett Vercoe.



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