Block­age fu­els ma­rine res­cue mis­sion

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THREE peo­ple on board a 7m plate boat had to be res­cued when their ves­sel had a fuel block­age.

Bund­aberg Vol­un­teer Ma­rine Res­cue was tasked to the boat on Satur­day af­ter­noon af­ter it got into trou­ble 16 nau­ti­cal miles north of the river while try­ing to re­turn to Bur­nett Heads from the War­rego Shoals.

The sit­u­a­tion was chal­leng­ing for both the fish­er­men on board, who lost their an­chor, and be­cause a northerly wind picked up above 20 knots, which made it hard for the VMR crew to de­ter­mine the boat’s po­si­tion.

Bund­aberg VMR left Bur­nett Heads just be­fore 4pm and, out­side the river, could travel only about 11 knots an hour due to waves of up to 2m.

With much white wa­ter on the front deck, the drift­ing ves­sel was found at 5.10pm and towed.

The ves­sel was docked at Bur­nett Heads by 7.35pm.

The fish­er­men were grate­ful be­cause winds were fore­cast to strengthen ahead of a strong wind warn­ing.

A VMR spokesman said the ac­ti­va­tion was an ex­am­ple of VMR’s early in­ter­ven­tion pre­vent­ing an es­ca­la­tion to an emer­gency.

That would have been the case if an EPIRB was ac­ti­vated or a Chan­nel 16 dis­tress call placed af­ter 6pm.

The lat­ter would then have re­quired in­volve­ment of gov­ern­ment emer­gency ser­vice re­sources.

VMR’s af­ter­noon weather broad­cast was in­stru­men­tal in a ves­sel opt­ing to re­turn from Lady El­liot Is­land ahead of fore­cast strong winds.

HOME SAFE: Vol­un­teer Ma­rine Res­cue Bund­aberg res­cued a 7m plate boat with three peo­ple on board on Satur­day.

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