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Person in need in WA accidentally rings Yeppoon Coast Guard

THE Echo Crew who were on duty at the Yeppoon Coast Guard this weekend found themselves a little too far away to help a woman who needed "urgent assistance" on Saturday.

The woman, who phoned in at 5.29pm, said she was on a boat with 3 POB which had broken down just outside the harbour and was in danger of hitting the wall.

The duty officer arranged for a crew to head out quickly on Gormans Removals Rescue to go to her assistance, but once the vessel arrived there was no sign of a boat.

On further questioning the caller, it was established that she was on a boat outside the harbour at Mindarie, just north of Perth in Western Australia, well beyond the range of Yeppoon Coast Guard. 

She was then advised to call 000. 

Coast Guard Yeppoon members have worked hard to establish a "can do" reputation, but there are some things they say, they just can't do.

The next day the caller from WA advised that assistance had been provided by Whitfords Volunteer Sea Rescue Group from Ocean Reef, about 6km south of Mindarie and all on board had reached dry land safely.  

She explained that the boat radio was not working and the Yeppoon Coast Guard phone number had been provided on her phone when she googled "Mindarie Coast Guard". 

Despite this incident, a number of boaties were successfully assisted in recent days.

On Friday afternoon,  a call was received from a Marine Assist member whose boat, with 2 POB, had broken down 2nm west of Great Keppel Island.  

Gormans Removals Rescue departed Rosslyn Bay at 1.30pm and returned with the boat in tow at 3.00pm.

On Saturday afternoon, strong NE winds whipped up large waves in Keppel Bay making conditions difficult for boats returning to Rosslyn Bay Harbour from the rally at Great Keppel Island.  

At 2.50 pm  the occupants of a  large motor cruiser with 5 POB called by phone reporting that the boat was disabled 3nm ESE of Rosslyn Bay Harbour, with smoke coming from the engine.  

Gormans Removals Rescue departed at 2.52pm, returning with the boat in tow at 4pm.

While the call from Western Australia was being dealt with, a couple visited the Coast Guard Centre to report that one of their two jet skis had broken down at Kemp Beach.

 An attempt to tow one jet ski with the other had been abandoned due to the extremely rough conditions.

After consulting the tide tables, the couple were advised to moor or beach the vessels near the top of the tide and leave them there during the low tide overnight.  

On Sunday morning, the towing operation was successfully repeated and Gormans Removals Rescue escorted them back to Rosslyn Bay Harbour.

At about 6.30pm on Saturday, a Marine Assist member returning from Great Keppel Island phoned to advise that his boat with 5 POB was returning to Rosslyn Bay Harbour on one engine in rough conditions.  

Arrangements were made with the Coast Guard members staying at the Centre overnight to monitor the progress of the boat.  

At about 7.20pm the boat skipper advised that they were approaching the harbour but were concerned about the remaining engine.  

As an engine failure near the harbour entrance would be very dangerous, Gormans Removals Rescue departed the harbour at 7.29pm and escorted the boat in at 7.49pm.

Topics:  coastguard, marine accident




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