A group of teenagers have been rescued after their tinny started taking on water close to the surf zone and rock platform at Sharkies Beach.
Emergency Services responded just after two o'clock yesterday afternoon with the young fisherman being picked up by a passing vessel that towed them to safety at Austinmer.
Surf Life Saving Illawarra said their boat suffered mechanical problems before the teens dropped anchor and called for assistance.
They were all wearing life jackets.
Images: Surf Life Saving Illawarra