Men plucked from choppy Tweed Bar
AN emergency radio on loan to the Volunteer Marine Rescue service looks set to stay permanently at the VMR Pt Danger headquarters following a busy weekend of rescues. Yesterday, two Tallebudgera men aged in their 40s were plucked from choppy waters by a Fingal Rovers IRB crew after their centre console five-metre tinny overturned at the Tweed Bar. The tinny capsized and sank in turbulent seas on the ebb tide. The two men were picked up in the water at Letitia Spit near the sand-pumping jetty. On Saturday morning a jet ski rider was rescued, also near the Tweed Bar, after he was separated from his craft. Two rescue jet skis brought the victim back to shore. Far North Coast Surf Life Saving community officer Elton Cummings said all the victims were spotted after VMR Point Danger radioed for help. "It is ironic that just this weekend the SLSC had installed a second-hand surf radio at Point Danger VMR on a trial basis," Mr Cummings said. "They have already called surf rescue twice over the weekend. Now we will have to look at upgrading to a new radio in the future." Point Danger VMR duty controller Lack Olsen said a member of the public reported yesterday's incident shortly before 1pm (NSW). The two men were initially taken to the%Fingal Rovers Surf Life Saving Club for%medical checks. Mr Cummings said: "They were shaken up and consoled by the life guards. "They were then taken to their car and trailer which was without one vessel and no fish. "A maritime services team will investigate whether the (boat) debris (left in the water) poses any threat."