Coast guard on and off the water

Boat being towed from Putney Beach Photo Kay Spriggs

It’s been a busy week for the Coast Guard on the water with multiple calls for help.

On Monday a call was received from a 5m runabout with 2 people on board (POB) in Putney

Beach, Great Keppel Island.

Marine Assist Rescue left Rosslyn Bay Harbor at 10:00 a.m. and returned with the vessel in tow at 11:30 a.m. and gained a new marine assist member.

Friday, a 5m vessel with 4 POBs at Putney Beach, Great Keppel Island, required

Assistance and Marine Assist Rescue left Rosslyn Bay Harbor at 1.25pm ​​and returned with the vessel in tow at 3.15pm.

Continuing with reasonable weather and plenty of boat activity, a 5.2m Bowrider with

5 POB on board at Svendsens Beach, Great Keppel Island, assistance required.

Yeppoon Rescue 1 left Rosslyn Bay port at 1.30 p.m., returned with the vessel in tow at 3.10 p.m.

On Sunday, a 6m Bowrider with 4 POBs needed assistance when he was only halfway to Great

Keppel Island.

The Yeppoon Rescue One turned away from a training exercise and returned with the ship in tow at 12:40 p.m.

Later that afternoon, a member of Marine Assist in a 5.5 m half-cabin boat called from Square

Rocks to report that he was having battery issues.

The Yeppoon Rescue One left Rosslyn Bay harbor at 2:50 p.m.

The boat could not be restarted and was towed to the port of Rosslyn Bay, where it arrived at 4 p.m.

On June 1, Beachside Caravan Park hosted a fundraising barbecue and “Welcome to Winter” musical evening to benefit Coast Guard Yeppoon.

The barbecue, cocktail van and raffles raised a significant amount of money for the Coast Guard.

Boat owners should beware of extreme tides this week associated with the full moon on


Check tides at

There have been numerous reports of whales being sighted in Hervey Bay on their annual migration and there was a report on Yeppoon’s Facebook page.

Pleasure boat owners are warned to be alert to avoid collisions with whales.

They must also respect the regulations relating to the respect of safe distances with whales and dolphins.

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