Coast Guard: Your Weekly Guide to Local Waters
Here’s your weekly Coast Guard report from the Capricorn Coast Team.
– Coastguard activities: School holidays, a long weekend and especially the good weather attracted many families to the water. A number of the assisted boats had children on board and parents were relieved that their issues were quickly resolved by Coast Guard Yeppoon.
– Monday September 27: Yeppoon Rescue One left Rosslyn Bay harbor at 3.15pm, skippered by Kingsley Bartle with crew Rob Wills, Darryl Purdie and Peter Thomasson, to return to Man and Wife Rocks where, on Sunday, a Flybridge Cruiser with two people on board had become entangled in a line of mooring buoy that had wrapped around the propellers. Keppel Dive attended and three divers cut the rope. The cruiser was able to return to Rosslyn Bay port on her own, followed by Yeppoon Rescue 1, returning
– Thursday September 30: Marine Assist Rescue, skippered by Bob Wills, with Mark Hardy, Michael McCormick and Peter Thomasson as a crew, was called in to assist a disabled jet ski from Brisbane with a POB located at Putney Beach, Great Keppel Island. Marine Assist Rescue departed at 12:25 p.m., arrived at the scene at 1:00 p.m. and the jet ski was towed safely to Rosslyn Bay harbor at 2:20 p.m.
– Friday October 1: At 7:25 p.m., Marine Assist Rescue left the pontoon after receiving a call to transport a mechanic and his equipment to a vessel with engine problems four miles north of the Rosslyn Bay harbor. The yacht with two people on board came from Tasmania. Merv Studt (Skipper) and Leigh Deutscher delivered the engineer and returned to Rosslyn Bay harbor at 8:25 pm.
Saturday October 2: A free boating safety class, led by Jim Goodsell in the morning, was attended by nine community members. Marine Assist Rescue, Merv Studt as skipper, with Buck Rogers, Mark Hardy and Marjorie Roth as crew, was called in at 12:20 p.m. to assist a six-meter vessel that broke down at Fisherman’s Beach Great Keppel Island with two adults and two children on board. The boater had had fuel problems but was able to start the engine for the return trip, followed by Marine Assist Rescue, which arrived at 1:10 pm The owner of the boat who was visiting Yeppoon made a substantial donation to the Coast Guard.
At 1:55 p.m., Yeppoon Rescue One left Rosslyn Bay harbor to assist a member of Marine Assist whose Bowrider boat had broken down near Middle Island with five children and an adult on board. Skipper Merv Studt accompanied by Buck Roger, Michael McCormick, Leigh Deutscher and Matt Baldwin towed the boat but first insisted that all children be fitted with life jackets. The ships returned at 3:15 p.m.
– Sunday October 3: Training drills were held with Marine Assist Rescue and RV McDonalds participating in search and rescue, towing and rafting between the two vessels. The skippers were respectively David Smith and Merv Studt. Shortly after returning to base, Marine Assist Rescue was called to a six-meter vessel that had broken down midway between Egg Rock and Great Keppel Island. There were two adults and two children on board. Marine Assist Rescue, led by David Smith with crew Buck Rogers, Peter Thomasson, Matt Baldwin and Marjorie Roth, departed at 11:45 am, arrived at the scene at 12:45 pm and returned to Rosslyn Bay harbor at 1:55 pm. At 3:30 p.m., there was a request for assistance from a 6.5 meter half-cabin boat just outside the entrance to Rosslyn Bay harbor. It contained contaminated fuel and was at risk of drifting onto the rocks. There were two adults and three teenagers on board. Marine Assist Rescue, skippered by David Smith with Raj Acharya, Michael Montanari and Leigh Deutscher all present. RV McDonalds, skippered by Merv Studt with Buck Rogers as a crew, was on hand to guide the vessel through the mouth of the
port and negotiate the many boats returning from their trips in glorious weather this weekend. A strong wind had made things very uncomfortable and many boats were returning early. The assistance ended at 3:45 p.m., after which the
Coast Guard ships were refueled and closed overnight.