Emergency help for two young drifters



THE COST of fuel was given a new slant yesterday when North Coast emergency services scrambled to assist two men, pictured left, were left stranded after their small outboard vessel ran out of petrol near the Yamba breakwater.

Two wet-suit clad teenagers waved to people on the shore around 10.45am to attract attention to their predicament.

A spokesman for the Iluka-Yamba Coast Guard believed the two male occupants of the boat had sought the rescue after becoming worried their 2.5 metre rubber inflatable might drift out to sea.

"They weren't just waving 'hello', they were waving 'goodbye, we're off to New Zealand if someone doesn't come and get us'," he said.

The Coast Guard said the vessel came within about 200 metres of the bar, prompting one of the body boarders to jump overboard and attempt to stop it drifting.

Before long the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter was in the vicinity to ensure the youths were picked up without incident.

A Coast Guard vessel eventually reached the rubber inflatable and towed it back to the Yamba Marina.



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