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Marine Rescue NSW crews search for missing boater off The Gap

Saturday, 22 July 2023 – 12:35pm

Volunteers on board Marine Rescue NSW vessels Middle Harbour 30 and Port Jackson 31 have spent this morning (Saturday 22 July 2023) assisting Marine Area Command in the search for a missing boater off The Gap.

Marine Rescue NSW Inspector John Murray said conditions were favourable for the resumption of the search.

“MH 30 and PJ 31 resumed the search at 7.30am in light winds and benign swell allowing for good visibility.

“The Marine Rescue NSW crews conducted offshore parallel line searching from South Head to Coogee.

“Both vessels are now patrolling the shoreline in the harbour.

“MH 30 is focussing on the northern side and PJ 31 the southern side.

“The Marine Rescue NSW vessels are working their way west towards the Harbour Bridge.

“Both vessels are expected to conduct another offshore patrol at the request of the Marine Area Command later this afternoon,” Inspector Murray said.

Friday, 21 July 2023 – 11:37am

All three Marine Rescue NSW vessels are continuing the multi-agency search for a missing boater off the Sydney Coast.

Friday, 21 July 2023 – 10:00am

Three Marine Rescue NSW vessels from Greater Sydney have joined a multi-agency search for a missing boater off The Gap at Watsons Bay after a vessel collided with rocks yesterday afternoon.

Marine Rescue NSW Inspector Steve Raymond said volunteers on board Middle Harbour 30 and Port Jackson 31 were tasked by Marine Area Command to assist with the search at 8am this morning.

“MH 30 and PJ 31 are working alongside Water Police vessel Vigilant.

“They are conducting a parallel line search from The Gap south to Wedding Cake Island off Coogee.

“Sea conditions around search area are fair, there is a bit of a swell but visibility is fairly good for the Marine Rescue NSW search crews,” Inspector Raymond said.

A volunteer crew from Botany Port Hacking has also joined the search.

“BH 32 hit the water at 9am and is searching from Cape Solander to the northern end of Maroubra Beach,” Inspector Raymond said.

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