A MAN who was stranded off Evans Head after his jet ski broke down on Saturday afternoon was rescued by Marine Rescue NSW volunteers.
Coffs Harbour Police alerted Marine Rescue's Evans Head unit to the incident about midday, explaining that the man was in trouble and needed help.
Skipper Scott Mohr and crew member Tony McNally headed out aboard Evans 30, the unit's 8m Kevlacat rescue vessel.
The jet ski and its rider were found about three nautical miles north of the Evans River bar.
Marine Rescue NSW's regional controller, Steve Reading, said the crew took him on board and connected his jet ski to the boat so it could be towed back to shore.
"Apparently he had not ridden the ski for about a year," he said.
"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."
Mr Reading said the jet ski rider was lucky to have been rescued by a skilled and experienced crew of volunteers.
He urged boaters to always contact Marine Rescue for advice before heading out over any river bars.
"People should not put their own lives and those of the rescue crews who may be called to help them, at risk," he said."