Five people rescued as boat sinks

A phone call to Marine Rescue Central Coast from a good Samaritan on the Brian McGowan Bridge at 5:15pm on Sunday, January 18, resulted in five people being rescued.

The observant member of the public reported five people in the water and their boat sinking.

The volunteer boat crew on duty at Marine Rescue Central Coast responded and the rescue boat, Central Coast 22, was underway within three minutes of receiving the call.

Skipper Ken Sharp and his crew Dennis Byrne and Cameron Veacock rushed to the scene. They found five people clinging to the rocky foreshore and their dog in the water.

The dog and people were taken on board Central Coast 22. The rescue boat crew determined that the 4.5 metre fiberglass boat had foundered under the railway bridge at the entrance to Fagans Bay

. The five wet and dishevelled people were taken to safety at Gosford Public Wharf, pleased to be back on dry land and thankful for the Marine Rescue crew for their assistance.

Media release,

18 Jan 2015

Ron Cole, Marine Rescue

Central Coast