Jessica and Felicity Heap, with their parents David and Julie, on board their boat. Yeppoon Volunteer Coast Guard helped them last Thursday.
Jessica and Felicity Heap, with their parents David and Julie, on board their boat. Yeppoon Volunteer Coast Guard helped them last Thursday. Supplied

Family saved after engine failed

YEPPOON Volunteer Coast Guard sailed to the rescue about 7am on Saturday when a boat’s engine failed off Flat Island.

Gordon Fry from the coast guard said three people from Baralaba were on board the 7.3m cabin cruiser becalmed at sea 53km north of Rosslyn Bay Harbour.

He said good weather conditions allowed the volunteers to conduct a safe and quick rescue, and the Gormans Removal Rescue vessel was back in the harbour by 10.30am.

Earlier in the week they received a call advising that a boat only a short distance from the harbour needed towing in for repairs, Gordon said.

After six years living at Magnetic Island, the Heap family’s trip to Sydney took an eventful turn last Thursday, when their yacht lost power off Yeppoon.

The coast guard was able to tow the stricken vessel to the harbour where they could fix the boat before continuing on their journey.

Gordon said the coast guard’s role wasn’t only to assist stranded mariners, but also to advise them with up-to-date information to prevent incidents happening.

He said with strong wind warnings on Sunday they were able to alert the boats out on the water, which returned before the wind picked up to 30-40 knots.

Similar windy conditions were predicted yesterday.

This Sunday the QF11 Coast Guard Yeppoon will hold a naming and commissioning ceremony for their new vessel, “RV McDonald’s”.

The centre and vessels will be open for inspection from 2pm.



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