SAVED: Bonnita O'Driscoll, Peter Tibbs and Michael Newman with Cody and Shanay returning to harbour after the rescue.
SAVED: Bonnita O'Driscoll, Peter Tibbs and Michael Newman with Cody and Shanay returning to harbour after the rescue.

Yacht club training crew in real-life rescue

A CAPRICORN Cruising Yacht Club training group aboard the boat Bendigo was the first on scene to assist a group of three people in the water in Keppel Bay after their jet ski became semi-submerged.

CCYC Sailing School keelboat instructor Tony McDonald said in brisk conditions under sail, the Bendigo brought two women on board who were struggling in the conditions.

"The Bendigo then stood by the jet ski and the other person in the water until the Coast Guard vessel arrived,” Mr McDonald said.

"The Bendigo maintained radio communication between the vessels and the Coast Guard shore base and returned the rescued ladies ashore.”

"The Coast Guard vessel was able to re-right and secure the jet ski and also towed it ashore.”

Sailing school principal Mike Schmidt said the sail training courses included man overboard training and the crew members were able to successfully put this into practice in a real-life situation.

"All three members of the crew training group successfully completed the 12-hour course on the water and are now confident to be able to crew on a keelboat,” he said.

The yacht club will host a Discover Sailing Day on the morning of Sunday, January 7, and community members are welcome to come down and try a sailing experience.

Interested people should register with the club by phoning 4933 6501 so vessels can be coordinated.



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