Four in hospital after capsizes
FOUR competitors in the Evans Head Fishing Classic were rushed to hospital yesterday afternoon after their boats were swamped and capsized in two separate incidents as they attempted to navigate the bar’s dangerous conditions.
The first boat, with a man and woman on board, capsized on its way out over the bar about 2.15pm. It is believed the man has suspected back injuries.
In the second accident, a man from Lismore and a ‘deckie’ from Brisbane had turned back from the bar when their five-metre run-about was swamped and capsized about 2.30pm.
Evans Head Fishing Classic co-ordinator Max Barton yesterday confirmed both boats were competing in the fishing tournament that has attracted about 250 vessels.
NSW Maritime boating officer Darren Watson said conditions at sea were good, but the bar was treacherous.
“The tide was running out and the wind was coming from the north-east, so it was good boating conditions, but dangerous bar conditions,” he said.
Acting police inspector Grant Martin said the second boat, which was approaching the bar, had attempted to turn back shortly before it was swamped and capsized.
He said one man was pulled from the water by a surfer, while the other managed to make it to shore as the boat was swept about 500 metres along the beach.