Marine Rescue Evans Head responded after a 5m vessel failed to start, with three people on board.
Marine Rescue Evans Head responded after a 5m vessel failed to start, with three people on board. Contributed

Warning to boaties after three rescues in three days

UPDATE, 12.30pm: THE fishing boat which suffered an engine failure in rough seas off Evans Head has been safely brought in.

Marine Rescue's Evans Head Bill Bates said they safely towed the 7m boat after those on board were unable to start the engine.

"When we arrived there were four people fishing, they were at anchor and quite safe," he said.

"We were tasked at 9am and had took them under tow and had everyone home safe by 11am."

Mr Bates said the 7m centre consoled aluminium boat had a four stroke engine.

Busy afternoon on the Evans River with Marine Rescue Evans 30 returning with a vessel in tow on Sunday. There were a further four boats encountered before the tow was released at the river pontoon.
Busy afternoon on the Evans River with Marine Rescue Evans 30 returning with a vessel in tow on Sunday. There were a further four boats encountered before the tow was released at the river pontoon. Bill Bates

"When we arrived conditions were quite rough," he said.

"The people on board had already decided to come in and that's when they found out the engine did not work.

"This is the third similar incident we have had over the past three days which involved a towing."

Mr Bates said anyone interested in getting involved in Marine Rescue would be made very welcome.

"We always are looking for volunteers," he said.

"Whether you are interested in being a radio operator or trainee boat crew, you are welcome to get in touch."

 

Original story: POLICE and Ballina Marine Rescue are on their way to rescue four people on a fishing boat off the coast of Evans Head on Monday morning.

Richmond Police District Inspector Bill McKenna said officers are liaising with Marine Rescue at an incident involving a 7m fishing boat off the coast at Evans Head.

"Four people are on a fishing boat 2km off Evans Head with engine failure," he said.

"We understand there are four adults on board, all with life jackets and everyone is okay.

"Marine Rescue are on their way."

Insp McKenna said one of the people on board the stricken vessel called police using a mobile phone.

"It looks like they have gone out for a fish and have had some engine trouble," he said.

It comes after a horror weekend on NSW waters.

Two cousins and their mate out for a day of fishing died on Sunday when their boat hit rocks and overturned in Sydney's south.


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