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Jet skier rescued 8kms off Shellharbour

A man has been rescued eight kilometres offshore by Marine Rescue NSW volunteers after his jet ski lost power off Shellharbour on Saturday morning.

Marine Rescue NSW Zone Duty Operations Manager, Glenn Sullivan said the jet skier called Marine Rescue NSW with a battery issue around 8.30am after Logging On with the service before heading out on the water.

“The vessel was Logged On at the time.”

“When he reported the mechanical failure he was safe,” Sullivan said.

Port Kembla 31 was in the area on a training exercise and tasked to rescue the man who was drifting on his vessel.

“Because of his early call to Marine Rescue NSW, when he realised he needed assistance, the rescue was effected in a timely manner,” Sullivan said.

“This serves as a reminder to Log On and Off with Marine Rescue NSW every time you hit the water and to carry all the required safety equipment ensuring it’s all in good working order to give you the best chance of a successful outcome when things do go wrong,” he said.

The man was located on his stricken jet ski by Port Kembla 31 around 9am and towed back to Port Kembla harbour safe and well.

Sullivan said the man was wearing a lifejacket.

“He had taken all the precautions to ensure his safety when he was on the water.

“Remember to wear your lifejacket as it can’t save you if you are not wearing it,” Sullivan said.

Marine Rescue NSW crews responded to multiple jet ski breakdowns yesterday including around Port Hacking and in Eden.

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