Marine Rescue NSW volunteers have successfully located an overdue boater during an extensive search on Tuggerah Lake Friday night.
Marine Rescue Lake Macquarie received a call from a concerned friend at 7:20pm last night after a boater whose primary method of communication was by mobile phone and was no longer responding to text and calls.
Marine Rescue NSW Inspector Courtney Greenslade said crews on board Tuggerah Lakes 20 and Tuggerah Lakes 21were deployed to search the lake.
“TL 21 was on the water within an hour while TL 20 joined the search after 10pm because of concerns for the boater.
“With a lack of natural moon light both crews initiated their FLIR systems (Forward Looking Infrared) to scan the water’s surface,” Inspector Greenslade said.
Around 12:30am this morning a member of the public informed emergency services that they could hear a tapping noise coming from the lake, west of Two Shores Holiday Village.
With the assistance of NSW Police PolAir, the boater was located in their vessel and rescued by the crews from Marine Rescue Tuggerah Lakes.
The boater was returned to shore safely.
Both Marine Rescue NSW vessels were untasked at 1:45am.
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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