High winds sink Hobie

IT was a case of all hands on deck in a major sea rescue off Coffs Harbour on Sunday.

Marine Rescue, the water police and the yacht club were scrambled to the scene when a five-metre Hobie Cat with two people aboard overturned.

Sergeant Don Stewart said a member of the public called triple-0 to report the incident about 5pm.

“The report came in that the vessel had overturned just outside the harbour and was seen to be in difficulty,” Sgt Stewart said.

“At the time there was a 25-knot north-easterly wind blowing and the crew was seen in difficulty trying to right the vessel but they couldn’t because of the strong wind and they were quickly blown south.

“The Marine Rescue operator also saw the vessel.”

Sgt Stewart said general duties police were called and they could see the catamaran overturned.

The Coffs Harbour Yacht Club was also advised and dispatched a rescue boat.

“They located the vessel about one nautical mile south of Pig Island, off Gallows Beach, but the yacht club boat experienced difficulties in the rescue bid,” Sgt Stewart said.

“The Marine Rescue vessel was dispatched and they towed the Hobie Cat back into the harbour and rescued the two people, who had been atop the stricken vessel.”

“No-one was injured.”

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