Young family rescued at Camden Haven by Boating Safety Officer
Ever wondered what a day in the life of a Boating Safety Officer would be like? Andre’s story about a recent day out on the water will give you some insight.
Last weekend in the small scenic town of Camden Haven on the Mid North Coast, Roads and Maritime Services Boating Safety Officer and Port Macquarie local, Andre Uljee rescued a young family out on the water.
In blustery conditions the family was stuck in their yacht and faced unforeseen circumstances. The yacht’s swing keel winch cable had broken and there were no means to raise the keel.
It was clear the family needed some help to keep the yacht steady.
Andre, who was on duty and patrolling the area, was able to help the family drive the yacht onto a sand bank then proceeded to work with the master to retrieve the keel into the hull using some clever rope work.
Very grateful for Andre’s handy work, the family safely returned to the marina with their yacht in its berth.
Helping our boating community to safely enjoy our waterways is all in a day’s work for Andre.
“Being able to help in situations like this one makes my job with Maritime so rewarding,” said Andre.
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.
For those interested, Roads and Maritime currently has vacant positions available. Check out the Senior Boating Safety Officer (Sydney Harbour) and Boating Education Officer positions currently open for application.