Newly elected Deputy Unit Commander Mick Donnelly shows off Marine Rescue's new Rescue Water Craft Nambucca 11. Photo: Contributed
Newly elected Deputy Unit Commander Mick Donnelly shows off Marine Rescue's new Rescue Water Craft Nambucca 11. Photo: Contributed

Stand up paddleboarder rescued from outgoing tide

IT WASN'T much of a wait before Marine Rescue officers at Nambucca Heads needed to use the new jetski that had recently been delivered.

Yesterday the new jetski, or Rescue Water Craft, was deployed to rescue a stand up paddle boarder caught in the outgoing tide.

Piloted by newly elected Deputy Unit Commander Mick Donnelly, Rescue Water Craft Nambucca 11 demonstrated the strategic flexibility of RWCs in coastal bar locations like Nambucca Heads.

With a very fast launch time and response, Mick located the exhausted paddleboarder and safely returned him and his board safely back to the unit's boatshed.

Marine Rescue Regional Controller John Murray said MRNSW maintains RWCs as part of its rescue fleet across NSW.

"This equipment is particularly valuable as an initial quick response resource on river mouths and bars for small vessels or water craft in distress.  It's great to see the recent upgrade of the Nambucca RWC already helping to save lives on the water" he said.



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