Boaties rescued after tinnie tips

TWO Kingscliff spear-fishermen were plucked from the ocean by another boatie after their tinnie capsized at Kingscliff yesterday morning.

Kingscliff Coastguard commander John Purnell said the incident occurred about 2km offshore, north east of the Kingscliff bar.

“About 9.30am we had a 3.85m Allycraft tinnie which had pooped (taken on water) and it tipped right over,” Mr Purnell said.

“There were two divers on board who escaped the vessel.

“They were picked out of the water by another fisherman out there and transferred to the Cudgen Creek ramp.”

On returning to shore Mr Purnell said coastguard members, with the assistance of Salt lifeguards, checked the men for injuries and ensured no one was missing.

“The boat is sitting out the back of the bombers which is a navigational issue,” Mr Purnell said.

“We've got a securitay message going out every hour.

“A securitay is a non-life-threatening warning to other vessels.

“Every vessel that goes out of Cudgen Creek is also being advised.”

Mr Purnell was unsure if the boat would be salvaged yesterday.

“The owner may chose to let it float to shore,” he said.

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