Fishing boat capsizes on Tweed bar
A FISHING boat carrying four people capsized on Tweed River bar in what SE Marine rescue call “the washing machine”.
All four on board were rescued by a passing boat soon after their 5.5m vessel rolled over on Tuesday morning. SE Marine Rescue controller of emergencies Carmel Jones said the boat's motor failed shortly after exiting the river mouth.
“Water running out of Tweed River rushes out and forms 100 metres of very choppy water. We just call it the washing machine,” Ms Jones said.
“We had a very bad runout tide that morning,” she said.
“Last year there were three rollovers in nine days.”
The boat has now been towed by SE Marine Rescue to Cook Island.