Boat rescue off Tweed coast
FOUR people clung desperately to their overturned boat waiting to be rescued after it capsized on the Tweed bar this morning.
Surf lifesavers on jet skis eventually arrived and brought two of the boat’s crew to shore, but by then a large crowd had gathered to watch the drama unfold.
Cold, wet and fully clothed, a man and woman were brought to shore at Jack Evans Boat Harbour where they spoke to police before being looked at by paramedics.
The other two crew members would not leave the overturned aluminium runabout, anxious to retrieve it from the bar’s treacherous waters.
Aboard the boat were its two owners, a diver and a Queensland Environmental Protection Agency worker.
The crew went out attempting to fix the EPA’s Waverider buoy, a device that records wave measurements, which had been broken for several days.
But the five metre runabout, Aqua Diver, capsized about 10.30am.
* For more details see tomorrow's Tweed Daily News.