Two recreational boaters, who were left hanging to their boat’s hull, have been rescued by authorities and two nearby private yachts over the weekend after their boat capsized off Dundee Beach due to a bilge pump failure, NT Police said.
Senior Sergeant Sandi Mellon said the skipper of the capsized boat activated an emergency beacon (EPIRB) when his vessel capsized in high winds.
“The beacon provided the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Canberra with the vessel’s location, and Water Police section deployed the PV Chambers Bay to attend,” Sgt Mellon said.
“Incidents like this demonstrate how important it is to have the right safety equipment on board. The skipper was well-prepared and could quickly raise the alarm with a location.”
She added that two private yachts in the vicinity were also tasked to help rescue the duo.
“One of the yachts was first to the scene, where the crew on board located a 4.5m vessel upturned and two people clinging to the hull,” she said.
“They were taken on board and conveyed back toward Dundee. Water Police met the yacht and conveyed the rescued pair back to the boat ramp.”
Sgt Mellon has reminded Territorians heading out on the water to always remember to check their safety gear, weather reports, and if equipment is in working order.
“Maintenance and testing of the equipment in the boat should go beyond getting your motor serviced at the appropriate times, but also extends to checking whether all important equipment is working every single time you go out on the water,” she said.
Sgt Mellon also commended the skippers of the two private yachts that responded to assist the two boaters.