The boat towed in by Ballina Jet Boat after it flipped near Missingham Bridge.
The boat towed in by Ballina Jet Boat after it flipped near Missingham Bridge.

Two men rescued as boat capsizes

IT HAS been an interesting weekend for Ballina's seascape, with one boat wreck recovered and another boat needing rescue.

The wreckage of the Ballina Marine Rescue NSW boat that capsized last week was finally recovered over the weekend.

The boat had flipped while attempting to rescue a 36-foot motor cruiser in trouble on the Ballina Bar early last Monday morning.

The incident left three people in hospital and the Ballina Marine Rescue boat written off, washing up on South Ballina Beach a few days later.

In another incident, two men were lucky to escape injury after their boat overturned near Missingham Bridge, Ballina, on Saturday night.

The two men, aged 34 and 40, were apparently fishing when their boat overturned at around 9pm, leaving the pair to swim to the safety of the rocks.

Ballina Jet Boat Rescue, the same crew from last week's dramatic rescue who have now been nominated for bravery awards, was called to their aid and spent an hour-and-a-half towing the boat to the spit, rolling it over and pumping the water out before taking it back to the jet boat shed, said crew member Mark Puglisi.

One of the two men onboard the boat, Mr Puglisi said, was trapped underneath the boat when it overturned, but managed to get out through the hatch of the 15ft fibreglass runabout.

The two men were taken to Ballina District Hospital to be treated for cuts, scratches and shock and were later released.

Investigations into the incident are continuing.



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