A MAN and three teenagers were rescued on Wallis Island on Sunday afternoon after their boat failed to start.
The group were fishing on Wallis Lake when they experienced mechanical problems at about 2pm on Sunday. After radioing out for help, the group were picked up by crews from Forster Tuncurry Marine Rescue from Airport Wharf on Wallis Island, traditionally known as ‘Hells Gate’.
Marine Rescue NSW Mid North Coast Regional Controller John Murray said crews launched the Forster 10 rescue boat out in choppy conditions but were able to get the group back to safety.
“The conditions made it a bit challenging but crews eventually got to the men. They couldn’t get the motor started so crews towed them and the boat back to the Forster boat harbour,” he said.
“They were all wearing lifejackets which was great because that is obviously what we keep pushing for.”
Mr Murray stressed the importance of having a marine radio on all vessels and for boaters to be confident in operating it so they can quickly summon help in an emergency.