20.6 C
Byron Shire
January 21, 2022

Ballina rescue crews recognised with bravery awards

Latest News

First Byron Shire Council meeting postponed

Byron Shire Council’s first meeting of newly minted councillors was to take place today, 20 January, however, the storm of COVID-19 that is taking place across the country led to it being postponed.

Other News

Bioenergy precaution

The notion of ‘Green Energy’ has recently excited business investors and no doubt the public. We need positive solutions...

Lismore Women’s Festival cancelled

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis that is sweeping NSW and other states in Australia the Lismore Women’s Festival has been cancelled.

BoM tsunami warning for the NSW Coastline

The State Emergency Service (SES) has issued a tsunami warning as a result of an eruption of Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apa in the Tongan Islands at 3.10pm AEDT yesterday, Saturday, January 15.

No supply shortage at Byron Farmers Market!

While supermarket shelves around the country are running bare, there’s no shortage of fresh produce at our local farmers’...

Food for thought?

‘The fundamental cause of the trouble,’ he wrote, ‘is that in the modern world, the stupid are cocksure while...

Record breaking day of COVID deaths as Hillsong sings and dances the night away

As New South Wales breaks another COVID record with 29 lives lost in a single day, NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet spoke to the media this morning with an update on the pandemic.

File pic of the Ballina Jet Rescue Boat.
File pic of the Ballina Jet Rescue Boat.

Six men involved in a dramatic sea rescue off Ballina will today be presented with bravery awards.

The crew of the Ballina Jet Boat Surf Rescue and the Ballina Marine Rescue team are being recognized for their efforts on 15 April, 2013.

The Jet Boat crew consisted of Bradley Heard, Gary Murphy and Mark Puglisi, and the Marine Rescue team included Elton Cummings, Ben Redman and Ross Trease

The drama began In the early hours when members of the Marine Rescue team were called to assist a motor cruiser that had broken down while attempting to cross the sandbar at the mouth of the Richmond River in Ballina.

As they navigated through a two metre swell and outgoing tide, they reached two men on the stricken motor cruiser.

Whilst attempting to tow it through the sand bar, a large swell hit the rescue boat which resulted in both the rescue boat and the motor cruiser capsizing and throwing both crews into the water.

The crew of the Ballina Jet Boat then made their way to the scene whilst battling very rough water conditions.

Three men were located on the hull of the upturned vessel, and a further two men in the water nearby.

The five men were subsequently hauled out of the water on board the rescue jet boat.

The rescue helicopter was called in to winch the five men to safety however, due to the inclement weather conditions, the men were unable to be winched aboard.

The rescue jet boat was then skilfully manoeuvred away from the sandbar and made its way to the safety of Shelley Beach where the rescued men were treated for hypothermia.

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

1,051 new cases of COVID-19 for Northern Rivers

The Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD) saw 1,051 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed to 8pm last night (19 January) while there were...

Can you volunteer to help Friends of the Koala in Lismore?

Lismore’s Friends of the Koala have been on the frontline of saving koalas for many long years and are looking for volunteers to help them keep the species alive.

Ocean Shores DA threat to biodiversity, say residents

A proposal to subdivide one lot (2,097m2) into three lots, and build two dwellings and three secondary dwellings, in densly forested riparian land in North Ocean Shores would create ‘Gold-Coast-style overdevelopment’, say residents.

Disaster prevention pledge welcomed

The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) has welcomed a pre-election commitment from Federal Labor to invest up to $200 million per year in disaster prevention and resilience.