A man who was stranded off Evans Head when his jet ski broke down on Saturday morning was rescued by Marine Rescue NSW volunteers early that afternoon.
At noon on Saturday, Coffs Harbour Police alerted Marine Rescue Evans Head that the jet ski rider was in trouble and needed help.
MRNSW northern rivers regional controller Steve Reading said the crew of Evans 30, the unit’s 8m Kevlacat rescue vessel, located the man 300-400 metres off the beach.
Skipper Scott Mohr and crewmember Tony McNally discovered the jet ski and its rider floundering about three nautical miles north of the Evans River bar.
‘They took him on board Evans 30 and were able to take his jet ski under tow to return to shore,’ he said.
‘Apparently he had not ridden the ski for about a year. This serves as a reminder to ensure your boat or jet ski is well maintained and has fresh fuel if it has been off the water for some time,’ he said.
Mr Reading said the jet ski rider was fortunate to have been rescued by a skilled and experienced crew of volunteers but urged boaters and riders not to head out in the worsening conditions.