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Broken boat fires flares in Tasmania rescue

Tasmania police

A broken-down boat in Tasmania has been rescued after firing flares – and praised for avoiding a much larger search.

Tasmania Police received a distress call one afternoon in December, saying a recreational fishing vessel had lost power, broken off its anchor and was being blown to sea.

The Police Vessel Pillara III was sent from Strahan to the boat’s last known position, around one nautical mile off the coast near Hells Gates.

But the boat could not be found, so those aboard were asked by mobile phone to fire flares. They were seen and the vessel was located four nautical miles north of Cape Sorell. It was drifting fast in the prevailing 20-knot southerly conditions. The boat was then towed safely returned to Macquarie Harbour.

Constable Wayne Bradford, Strahan Marine and Rescue Services, says, “A much larger and costlier search was avoided thanks to the persons involved carrying the proper safety equipment. This is a great example of a good, safe outcome due to the proper boating safety precautions being taken.”

Dec 28, 2017