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Marine Rescue NSW crews assist whale disentanglement operation off Batemans Bay

Volunteers from Marine Rescue Batemans Bay have this afternoon assisted the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) whale disentanglement team off Batemans Bay on the NSW South Coast.

Crews on board Marine Rescue NSW vessels Batemans Bay 20 and Batemans Bay 30 were deployed just after midday today.

Marine Rescue NSW Inspector Glenn Sullivan said the Marine Rescue NSW vessels provided on-water assistance to the NPWS crews.

“The crew on board Batemans Bay 20 tracked the humpback from near the Tollgate Islands north until specialists could begin the disentanglement operation while Batemans Bay 30 transported two of the NPWS tactical team to the entangled whale.

“It’s believed the whale might have been entangled for some time.

“Our crews were stood down at 3:45pm with NPWS vessels and personnel still on scene.

“Marine Rescue Batemans Bay is on standby to provide further assistance if required,” Inspector Sullivan said.

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