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Man Overboard Incidents - Another fatal weekend and no life jackets

by Simon Denneen on 27 Jun 2011
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Volunteers at Marine Rescue Terrey Hills were involved in a second weekend involving fatalities in the Sydney Metropolitan Area.

On Saturday night Marine Rescue radio operators at Port Kembla received reports of a man overboard from a five metre runabout in Botany Bay following a collision with a buoy. They passed the information to Marine Rescue Sydney and a distress call was relayed to vessels in the area. Water Police vessels from Botany Bay were alerted and conducted a search through the night. A body, believed to be that of the missing man was located by police divers the following day in 15 metres of water not far from the buoy.

The following day at around 1:30 pm a woman on board a 36 foot yacht telephoned Marine Rescue Terrey Hills and advised that her husband had disappeared overboard while she was asleep below. (See http://www.sail-world.com/CruisingAus/Sailor-on-sole-watch-missing-off-Sydneys-northern-beaches/85174!Sail-World_story) The ensuing search was called off 24 hours later.

In both cases the persons involved were not wearing life jackets.

Terrey Hills Unit Commander Ron Woosey said that the thoughts of the volunteers responding to these incidents went out to the families of those Marine Rescue NSW website
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