Two boaters back on dry land after being rescued from their sunken boat.
Two boaters back on dry land after being rescued from their sunken boat.

Rescued boaters treated for shock, now back on dry land

UPDATE: Two boaters are back on dry land this afternoon after being rescued from their sunken boat.

Just after 10am the Westpac Rescue Helicopter was tasked by Ambulance NSW and the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) to reported of a EPIRB activation 5 nautical miles east of Nambucca Heads.

NSW Police Marine Area Command were also notified of the activation and responded along with NSW Marine Rescue vessels from Coffs Harbour, Trial Bay and Nambucca. 

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter flew directly to the sight of EPIRB activation utilising Directional Finding Equipment fitted to the aircraft where a large amount of debris was located.

A search area was established along with Water Police and Marine Rescue Vessels.

After a short period two males, aged 40 and 70, were located in the water by a Marine Rescue Vessel.

The men were rescued from the water and treated for shock before being transported back to shore at Trial Bay where they were assessed by Ambulance Paramedics.

Two boaters back on dry land after being rescued from their sunken boat.
Two boaters back on dry land after being rescued from their sunken boat.

EARLIER:  THE Coffs Harbour unit of Marine Rescue NSW was involved in a rescue near South West Rocks this morning.

The Coffs Harbour vessel, and another from the Nambucca unit, supported crew from Marine Rescue Trial Bay.

They pulled two people out of the water about five to six nautical miles offshore from Nambucca after their boat sunk at around 10.15am.

The pair, one of whom is in their 70s, had been in the water for about an hour.

They're on their way back to shore to a waiting ambulance.

More details to come

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