Two men had a lucky escape when their trawler capsized at the entrance of the Tweed River late yesterday afternoon.
Emergency services were called to Duranbah Beach, on the far north coast, shortly after 5pm responding to reports that five flares had been activated from the 54ft timber trawler.
Police arrived to find two crewmen, aged 29 and 33, still on board the boat, which had begun smashing against the rock wall at the northern end of the river mouth.
The men jumped into the water and were helped to shore by local surfers before being checked by NSW Ambulance paramedics. No-one else is believed to have been on board.
The younger man was taken to Tweed Heads Hospital with chest and shoulder injuries.
The vessel was unable to be retrieved.