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Marine Rescue NSW crews stood down from multi-agency search off Nambucca Heads

Marine Rescue NSW vessels Coffs Harbour 30, Trial Bay 30 and two-rescue watercraft from Marine Rescue Trial Bay have been stood down by Marine Area Command from the multi-agency search for two paddleboarders believed to be missing off Nambucca Heads.

Marine Rescue NSW Inspector Steve Raymond said conditions have deteriorated in the area and the crews were stood down at 10:15am.

“Conditions were challenging for our volunteer crews with 25 knot winds combined with a one and a half metre swell.

“Coffs Harbour 30 and Trial Bay 30 resumed the search at 8:00am after spending a few hours searching last night.

“They were supported on-water this morning by rescue watercraft TB 11 and TB 12 and conducted a parallel line search from Nambucca Heads to South West Rocks.

“The professionalism and commitment displayed by our volunteers both on-water and in radio operations last night and again this morning has been exceptional.

“Our crews have returned to base and awaiting further instructions from Marine Area Command,” Inspector Raymond 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.