Bar crossing goes wrong
THREE men are lucky to be alive after their boat capsized and threw them into the sea while they were attempting a dangerous crossing of the Wooli bar.
The men were returning from a fishing expedition when they attempted to enter the Wooli River by crossing the bar on an outgoing tide around 11am on Saturday.
As the boat attempted the crossing it was hit from behind by a wave, tossing one of the occupants into the sea.
The boat was then struck by another wave, which threw the two remaining occupants into the water. The men, who were all wearing life-jackets, were helped to the shore by local board riders. They were not injured.
The Wooli Rescue Squad (WRS) was called to the scene and set about rescuing the boat.
WRS secretary Stephen Reading said the boat had to be towed 150 metres up the beach away from swimmers. He said the rescue crew enlisted the assistance of locals, tourists and board riders to secure a tow line to the squad's rescue truck and haul the vessel to the surf zone. There it was righted and eventually winched back onto the owner's trailer, he said.