Members of the Evans Head Casino SLSC rescued two people after their tinny capsized trying to cross the Evans Head bar in rough conditions this morning.
Members of the Evans Head Casino SLSC rescued two people after their tinny capsized trying to cross the Evans Head bar in rough conditions this morning. Ricky Forsyth

Two rescued after tinny capsized at Evans Head bar

TWO people were rescued after their 4.2-meter tinny capsized while trying to cross the Evans Head bar on Sunday morning.

The boat was struck by two waves in quick succession, the first turned the boat sideways before the second swamped the vessel, according to Kira Hartland deputy unit commander of Evans Head Marine Rescue who witnessed the event.

The adrenaline was "pumping," she said.

The accident occurred in rough conditions just before 9am on Sunday.

There was some big swell pushing across the bar and it was "a bit dodgy," she said.

Life savers from the Evans Head Casino SLSC were quick to respond and were able to rescue the two and bring them to shore. They also secured the vessel.

It was a good example of the two local water safety organisers working together and effectively, Ms Hartland said.

The crew of the tinny were wearing life jackets and popped straight back up after going under, she said.

They had also logged their trip with Marine Rescue and the skipper had also walked out to the bar to inspect of the conditions, Ms Hartland said.

"They did everything right," but the conditions worked against them, she said.

"These things can happen," she said.

Ambulance officers attended the pair, but they didn't need to go to hospital.



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