VIDEO: Hundreds out on the water keep Coast Guard busy

The Coast Guard has been kept busy on the Capricorn Coast answering calls for assistance during the Easter holiday weekend.

 

Light winds allowed many families to enjoy time on the water.

 

However as the weekend progressed it became apparent that preventative maintenance was needed on boats that had not been used recently.

 

A number of boats broke down soon after leaving harbour, with air and water vents being blocked by mud wasps the cause of some problems.

 

Yeppoon flotilla assisted five boats on Friday, two on Saturday and three on Sunday, while Keppel Sands flotilla assisted one boat on Sunday.

 

 

On Friday Gormans Removal Rescue departed at 10.35am to assist a 6.0m power boat with 5 people on board at Svendsens Beach, Great Keppel Island. It was towed back to Rosslyn Bay Harbour at 12.00pm.

 

R.V. McDonalds was used inside Rosslyn Bay Harbour at 12.40pm to assist a 6.0m power boat, with 4 people on board that was stopped and drifting.  This was completed at 12.57pm.

 

Gormans Removal Rescue departed at 12.48pm to assist a 12m cruiser with 2 people on board which had broken down 300m outside Rosslyn Bay Harbour. It was towed into harbour at 1.37pm.

 

Immediately afterwards, Gormans Removal Rescue departed at 1.43pm to assist an 8m power boat with 5 people on board at Putney Beach, Great Keppel Island. It was towed back to Rosslyn Bay Harbour at 3.09 pm

 

At 3pm a phone call was received from a 5.0m Hobie Cat with 2 people on board that had capsized in Keppel Bay after its starboard hull had filled with water.  

 

Gormans Removal Rescue and R.V.McDonalds were able to right the vessel and tow it back to Rosslyn Bay Harbour at 5.27pm with RV McDonald's rafted up to provide stability.

 

On Saturday, a 4.7m power boat with 2 people on board broke down opposite the blow hole at Double Head.

 

Gormans Removal Rescue departed at 08.05am and towed the boat back to Rosslyn Bay Harbour at 9.00am.

 

At 4.30pm a call was received from a 34' cruiser, with 12 people, that was returning from Great Keppel Island on one engine. 

 

Gormans Removals Rescue departed at 4.43pm to escort the vessel back to Rosslyn Bay Harbour, returning at 5.45pm.

 

Immediately afterwards, Gormans Removals Rescue responded to a call from a 20' power boat with 3 people, that had broken down near the entrance to Corio Bay. The vessel was located in darkness at 6.44pm and towed back to Rosslyn Bay Harbour.

 

Shortly after 8pm on Saturday night a call was received from a yacht with 2 people that had gone aground at Leeke's Beach.  As the tide was falling it was arranged to assist the yacht on the rising tide next day.

 

On Sunday morning, Gormans Removals Rescue departed at 7.10am and was able to assist the yacht into deeper water as it refloated. 

 

While this operation was in progress, a call was received from a 5.7m power boat with 2 people on board that had broken down at the Pinnacles. The vessel was towed back to Rosslyn Bay Harbour at 11.30am.

 

At 12.20pm a call was received from a 4.3m aluminium boat with 3 people with engine trouble between Keppel Rocks and Peak Island.  Keppel Sands Coast Guard responded to this request.  

 

At 1pm a call was received from a 38' cruiser,  with 2 people, that had broken down near the entrance to Corio Bay. 

 

Gormans Removals Rescue departed at 1.11pm and towed the vessel back to Rosslyn Bay Harbour at 3.33pm.



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