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Marine Rescue NSW crew deployed for whale disentanglement off Nambucca Heads

Friday 25th August – 3:08pm

Volunteers on board Marine Rescue NSW vessel Trial Bay 30 have returned to base after assisting NSW National Parks and Wildlife with a successful whale disentanglement operation on the Mid North Coast this afternoon.

The entangled whale was heading south and located just north of Scotts Head.

Marine Rescue Trial Bay Unit Commander Ian Turner who was part of the crew on board TB 30 alongside Joe McLachlan and Master Jon Cragg said it was an impressive multi-agency operation.

“The whale was entangled in nylon ropes, maker buoys and plastic drums.

“Conditions were ideal and everyone involved did a wonderful job to free the whale.

“The National Parks and Wildlife crew are a highly skilled group of people.

“Our Marine Rescue NSW radio operators Phil Hartley and Rick Turvey were also vital in providing radio communications during the operation.

“It was a great team effort,” Mr Turner said.

Friday 25th August – 1:10pm

Less than two weeks after assisting the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service with a successful whale disentanglement near Camden Head, Marine Rescue NSW volunteers from Trial Bay are again assisting the NPWS whale disentanglement team.

Marine Rescue NSW Inspector Rodney Page said an operation is underway to free an entangled whale off Nambucca Heads.

“Marine Rescue NSW volunteers have been deployed on board Trial Bay 30 to assist.

“The crew on board Trial Bay 30 is providing support for the operation with the vessel acting as the mothership.

“The Marine Rescue NSW vessel will have NPWS personnel and equipment on board,” he said.

Inspector Page said ORRCA is also assisting with the operation.

Marine Rescue NSW is a volunteer based not-for-profit professional organisation dedicated to keeping boaters safe on the water and supporting local communities.

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