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A man has been rescued after his boat capsized off Tweed Heads yesterday.

About 4pm (Wednesday, 31 October, 2018), officers from Tweed-Byron Police District were contacted by the NSW Police Marine Area Command after a man was reported missing by a family member.

Police have been told just before 7am the same day, a 74-year-old man left on a boat from Dry Dock Road, Tweed Heads, and failed to return home.

Officers attended and commenced a joint search involving the Westpac Live Saver Rescue Helicopter, Queensland Water Police Southport, and Volunteer Marine Rescue.

The Westpac helicopter began an initial search south east of Tweed Heads before overhearing on marine channel 16 that the man had been located by a trawler.

Just after 6pm, emergency services were directed to a capsized boat by a nearby fishing vessel.

The man was located standing on the capsized boat, he was transferred to a police vessel alive and well and transported back toTweed with the helicopter in a support role and top cover.

He was treated by NSW Ambulance paramedics for minor lacerations and dehydration.

Senior officers would like to commend members of the public and emergency services for their assistance with the rescue operation.

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