Boatie, kayakers rescued

THE Brunswick marine rescue crew rushed to the assistance of a lone fisherman whose boat motor broke down yesterday.

At around 8am on Sunday, the crew helped tow the local man, aged in his 30s, back to Brunswick Heads.

Meanwhile, strong westerly winds swept a group of 29 kayakers more than a kilometre out to sea off Cape Byron yesterday morning, prompting a rescue operation which took two hours.

Byron Bay Surf Life Saving Club were alerted by the public to the group's plight. The club escorted the group to Tallow Beach, using its jet ski to ferry many exhausted paddlers to shore.

In other news, Ballina Coast Guard were called to assist a yacht in trouble off Skennars Head yesterday morning.

It is believed the yacht had a broken drive shaft. It was towed into the Richmond River for repairs.



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