“Perfect” conditions over the weekend enticed boaters onto the water, and after a quiet winter some vessels required a helping hand.
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Batemans Bay Marine Rescue towed six boats between Friday, November 30, and Sunday, December 2.
Regional operations manager, Glenn Sullivan, said all rescues were due to mechanical failure.
“On Friday night, at about 6.10pm, a boat had a flat battery at Chinamans Point, near Batemans Bay,” he said.
“On Saturday, three yachts and one powerboat required towing, all in the Bay area. The yachts couldn’t get back into the marina because their engines failed.”
“On Sunday, at 9.30am, another boat had a mechanical failure near the Tollgates.”
All boaters were brought back safely.
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Mr Sullivan recommended boaters give their vessel a thorough once-over before their first voyage of the season.
“It was a busy weekend with favourable conditions, and it was probably first time most have been out in a while,” he said.
“You could see trailer boats coming down the mountain and the coast road. Before going out, check your engines, flush them out and give them a good run, check your fuel is nice and fresh, and check all safety equipment as well. Log on and off, and always wear life jacket.”
Mr Sullivan said Maritime NSW, Water Police and Fisheries, as well as Marine Rescue NSW, were prepared for the busy season ahead.