RESCUE: Coffs Harbour and Yamba Illuka Marine Rescue crews aided a stricken yacht off Brooms Head late Thursday evening.
RESCUE: Coffs Harbour and Yamba Illuka Marine Rescue crews aided a stricken yacht off Brooms Head late Thursday evening. Claudia Jambor

Yachtsman rescued off Brooms Head

TWO yachtsman and their vessel narrowly escaped injury after being rescued in an overnight operation coordinated by Marine Rescue Coffs Harbour and Iluka Yamba crews.

The skipper of the 35-foot yacht contacted Marine Rescue Coffs Harbour at about 11pm on Thursday night, informing volunteers the yacht has lost its motor three nautical miles off Sandon Bluf.

Unable to anchor or sail due to a lack of wind, the yacht was drifting ashore towards a rocky outcrop off Brooms Head.

MRNSW Northern Rivers regional controller Stephen Reading tasked a crew from Marine Rescue Iluka Yamba to assist the vessel.

MR Coffs Harbour radio operator David Flemington provided ongoing communications support for the yacht’s skipper and the Marine Rescue crew.

After battling rough seas, the vessel was located at 1.30am anchored only 600m off the shore just south of the rocky headland at Brooms Head.

Had the anchor not held, the two yachtsman would have been forced to abandon the yacht.

The vessel was towed back to Yamba and arrived at the port at 6am Friday morning.

Mr Reading praised the volunteers from both Marine Rescue Iluka Yamba and Coffs Harbour for their swift and professional response to the emergency.

"Our rescue crew aboard IY 30 is to be congratulated for battling the tough sea conditions and pitch darkness to locate this yacht, which was at risk of being smashed on to the rocks and bring its crew to safety," he said.



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