Marine Rescue action: Vessel in flames, mechanical failures and fireworks

It has been a busy 24-hours for volunteer Marine Rescue crews who have attended call-outs from Batemans Bay to Merimbula.

At 1.30pm on Tuesday, April 23: Marine Rescue Merimbula received two calls of assistance - one immediately after the other at Short Point and Long Point.

"As soon as the crew returned from assisting a broken-down vessel, they were tasked straight away to help another," region operations manager Glenn Sullivan said.

A Bermagui Marine Rescue volunteer responds to vessel in distress off the Bermagui coastline on Tuesday, April 24. Image: Bermagui Marine Rescue Facebook.

A Bermagui Marine Rescue volunteer responds to vessel in distress off the Bermagui coastline on Tuesday, April 24. Image: Bermagui Marine Rescue Facebook.

4pm: Batemans Bay Marine Rescue received a call for assistance from a jet ski operator who had fishing line caught in their impeller.

"Marine Rescue and surf lifesavers were activated but stood down as another jet ski helped on their behalf," Mr Sullivan said.

5.50pm: A 44-foot flybridge cruiser had an engine room fire on board. The vessel was 11 nautical miles from the coastline of Bermagui.

There were several people on board.

The crew managed to extinguish the fire, however the vessel was disabled and began drifting further out to sea.

"I praise the quick response of the crew on board the vessel who did a brilliant job putting out the fire. A fire out at sea can be catastrophic," Mr Sullivan said.

Marine Rescue Bermagui assisted the disabled vessel and its passengers safely back to the Bermagui Harbour.

A disabled flybridge cruiser returned safely back to the harbour with thanks from Marine Rescue members; Peter Strain, Lynda Bailey, Caron Parfitt, Alec Percival, Denise Page, Ray McLeod, Volker Aebischer and Babs Stephens. Image: Bermagui Marine Rescue Facebook.

A disabled flybridge cruiser returned safely back to the harbour with thanks from Marine Rescue members; Peter Strain, Lynda Bailey, Caron Parfitt, Alec Percival, Denise Page, Ray McLeod, Volker Aebischer and Babs Stephens. Image: Bermagui Marine Rescue Facebook.

6.20pm: Due to a number of flares sighted, Marine Area Command activated Marine Rescue Batemans Bay crews to conduct a search of an area between the Tollgate Islands and Mosquito Bay, and south past Malua Bay.

"When we were doing the search, it was observed by the crew on shore that the reported flares were actually fireworks," Mr Sullivan said.

Six crew members were tasked to the search as well as a land-based search by Police.

"Police also did a land-based search along the coast to see who set off the flares which is a mandatory response," Mr Sullivan said.

"People in the community were doing their job, they did exactly the right thing to report something like this.

"Unfortunately those people with the fireworks don't realise the ramifications after letting them off," he said.

Crews were stood-down after searching for three hours.

Around 7am on Wednesday, April 24: Marine Rescue Narooma were activated to attend a single vessel in distress near Glasshouse Rocks.

The pull-chord on the engine had broke and the vessel was towed back to Narooma harbour.

12pm: Merimbula Marine Rescue were activated to attend a vessel with a flat battery off Tura Beach.

Marine Rescue jump-started the motor out at sea and escorted the vessel back into the harbour.

Mr Sullivan urged boaters to check their equipment before heading out to sea and to log on and off with Marine Rescue.

"Please log on and off with us, because it is always a good idea we know where you are at times of emergency," he said.

Mr Sullivan thanked all of the volunteer crew members for their assistance over the past 24-hours.

Marine Rescue is always looking for more volunteers, visit their website or Facebook pages or simply pop into your nearest Marine Rescue base.

Image: Marine Rescue Bermagui Facebook page.

Image: Marine Rescue Bermagui Facebook page.

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