Winter hasn’t kept boaters off the state’s waterways with Marine Rescue NSW volunteers making a record 265 rescues in July, up 46% on the same month last year.
The Illawarra region saw 33 rescues across seven units, with Port Kembla conducting 19 of those, the unit’s third busiest month in 2 years and 7 months.
Marine Rescue NSW Commissioner Alex Barrell said volunteers across the state were tasked to a variety of incidents in July, 114 of which were emergency situations.
“From assisting the NSW Police Force Marine Area Command in searches for missing people to medical evacuations, late night rescues well offshore and assisting boaters with mechanical failure, our highly skilled volunteers have answered the call at any time of day or night.
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