Wild Weather Keeps Lifesavers Busy

Wild winds have ensured lifesavers have been flat out on Monday afternoon, with SLS assets being tasked to assist with five incidents across the state in less than an hour.

In Avoca on the Central Coast, a kayaker was rescued by the Surf Life Saving Rescue Jet Ski after being hit by a wave and losing his kayak out to sea.

In the state’s south at Crookhaven near Nowra Culburra SLSC, off duty lifesavers were tasked to assist Marine Rescue where two people were in the water after their boat capsized in the strong winds.

Surf Life Saving NSW’s Surf Emergency Response System also coordinated another three call-outs in Sydney waters. In all three cases boats had been washed onto rocks or capsized in the strong winds.

SLSNSW Lifesaving Officer, Murray Copas, says the quick and professional response to all incidents ensured that nobody was seriously injured or worse.

“The quick and professional response of our volunteer lifesavers, the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter and Marine Rescue through the coordination of the SLSNSW State Operations Centre ensured that no one was seriously injured in a spate of incidents from wild winds this afternoon. People need to take care in these conditions and stay away from the open water until the winds abate,” said Murray Copas.

The Bureau of Meteorology are forecasting for the winds to calm down into the evening.

For weather info visit the BOM website.

Mon 12 Aug 2013