Rescue boat in dry dock

The new Marine Rescue NSW boat, damaged after colliding with the middle wall at Yamba on May 22.
The new Marine Rescue NSW boat, damaged after colliding with the middle wall at Yamba on May 22. Kate Matthews

THE pride of the Iluka Yamba Marine Rescue fleet is in dry dock this week and the subject of two investigations following a collision with Yamba's middle wall.

The state-of-the-art vessel, less than one year old and valued at $700,000, was responding to an offshore incident on the evening of May 22 when it hit the wall, damaging both propellers and the hull.

Northern Rivers Marine Rescue regional commander Stephen Reading said because the incident was under inquiry, both internally and by the Maritime Investigation Unit, it would be inappropriate to comment at this stage.

However, he did confirm that Marine Rescue had been responding to a call for assistance at the time of the collision.

"An offshore vessel reported an on-board fire, which caused damage to the electrics and it required assistance," Mr Reading said.

The incident occured at 7pm, when the boat was on the way to the rescue. Despite the damaged props, the rescue operation was successful.

Both vessels returned safely to shore.

The 11.5m state-of-the-art Steber 38 was now awaiting repairs, but the cost of that bill had not been revealed.

The vessel, owned by Marine Rescue NSW, was purchased in 2011 from funds raised by NSW boat licences and registrations.

It is capable of travelling up to 30 nautical miles offshore and is equipped with Raymarine navigation, Icom marine radio electronics, Furuno Automatic Identification System, FLIR night vision and advanced first aid equipment.

It arrived in Yamba in August 2011.

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