WEARING life jackets saved the lives of two Murwillumbah fishermen when their boat capsized and smashed into rocks on the treacherous Brunswick bar.
The incident happened about 6.35am on Saturday as the men’s five-metre fibreglass vessel was overturned by waves while attempting to cross the river entrance. The boat was smashed onto Seagull Rocks on the north side of the north retaining wall.
Marine Rescue Brunswick duty officer David Gilmore said the men, aged 34 and 40, managed to swim to the rocks and scramble to safety with only minor abrasions.
“They were very shaken up from the experience,” Mr Gilmore said
“The bar conditions were very nasty. There was a two-metre swell and waves were breaking across the bar itself.”
The men were brought ashore in a Brunswick SLSC rescue boat.