A chihuahua, two gentleman and a sunken vessel

Grays Point in Port Hacking

It was a picturesque scene at Grays Point in Port Hacking, with boaters and beach goers creating a flurry of activity along the waterway.

Among all the weekend activity, Roads and Maritime Services’ Boating Safety Officers received a mid-morning call that advised a vessel was sinking and two gentlemen were missing.

Boating Safety Officers Luke Inglese and Ashely Harris were first to the scene to rescue the two gentlemen and their Chihuahua before the vessel had fully submerged.

Senior Boating Safety Officer Rory O’Hara who later joined the operation said, “The boat was tied just off the shore during low tide. As other boats began to pass, the vessel took on water and proceeded to sink.”

“It was simply a matter of being in the wrong place at the wrong time for this vessel,” Mr O’Hara said.

“Luckily, there was a troop of all ages on the beach to help us tug the boat towards the shore.”

To reward the 15 children involved in the salvage, the officers took them for a short ride on the Maritime vessel which was greatly enjoyed by all!

Not your average day on the water, but all in a day’s work for this boating safety team.

Roads and Maritime has Boating Safety Officers throughout NSW for the purpose of patrolling our waterways and ensuring the safety of our boating community. They provide advice and guidance on how boaters can stay safe on the water, including regulation and safety equipment requirements.

Their purpose is to reduce fatalities and serious injuries on our waterways.

Interested in being a part of it? Check out the Senior Boating Safety Officer (Sydney Harbour) position open for application until this Sunday 6 May.

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