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Stand-up paddleboarders rescued off Port Kembla

Marine Rescue NSW volunteers on board Port Kembla 31 have assisted in a search and rescue mission after two stand-up paddleboarders were swept offshore by strong winds this afternoon.

Marine Rescue NSW Inspector Stuart Massey said PK 31 was dispatched to assist Marine Area Command in the search for the two males.

The Marine Area Command vessel collected the first person approximately 2kms off Hill 60.

Port Kembla 31 was on approach to the second male who was approximately 3kms offshore when the Lifesaver 21 chopper arrived and winched him to safety.

“All agencies responded very quickly and worked well together to effect the successful rescues,” Mr Massey said.

It is believed the males were paddle boarding at Windang before being caught in strong winds and blown out to sea.

“A strong wind warning is currently in place for the Illawarra Coast and it’s quite powerful on the water.

“It’s really important that anyone heading out on the water always checks the weather and conditions,” Inspector Massey said.

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