Boat capsizes after dramatic Jervis Bay rescue

A boat capsized during the rescue of a male swimmer off Huskisson on Tuesday afternoon. Photo: Google Maps
A boat capsized during the rescue of a male swimmer off Huskisson on Tuesday afternoon. Photo: Google Maps

3.45pm

A rescue in Jervis Bay took a dramatic turn on Tuesday afternoon, when a private vessel used to rescue a swimmer in trouble 200m off Huskisson, capsized in choppy conditions.

Police received a call around 1.40pm that a swimmer was in distress off White Sands Beach at Huskisson.

Initial reports police received said three people were in difficulty.

Police from Huskisson attended the scene, spotting a man about 200m offshore, clinging to a buoy.

Officers requested assistance from Marine Rescue Jervis Bay and the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter from Moruya.

Two police officers, a female sergeant and male senior constable, sought the assistance of a member of the public who was launching his 4.5m fiberglass vessel at Woollamia Boat Ramp to help in the rescue.

The officers managed to recover the male swimmer but shortly after the vessel experienced fuel line problems and in the choppy sea conditions due to a strong northeasterly wind, started taking on water.

The vessel eventually capsized with all four people being thrown into the water.

The rescue helicopter arrived on the scene at the same time, but all four managed to swim safely to shore, uninjured.

Police would like to thank the boat owner for providing assistance in the emergency situation and will be working with him to recover the vessel.

2.55pm 

​Emergency services are attempting to rescue three people in trouble off Huskisson in Jervis Bay. Google Maps

​Emergency services are attempting to rescue three people in trouble off Huskisson in Jervis Bay. Google Maps

Three people have been rescued from waters in Jervis Bay off Huskisson.

Police say all three, who were in difficulty about 200 metres offshore from White Sands Park, have been recovered safely.

More to come.

2.23pm

The Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter is on the way to Jervis Bay after reports of three people experiencing difficulties in water off Huskisson.

Police received calls at around 1.40pm in regards to three people, one of which one is believed to be a male, in trouble. 

It is understood the trio are about 200 metres offshore from White Sands Park.

A man is clinging to a life buoy.

Shoalhaven Police are using a vessel from a member of the public, who were launching at the Woollamia Boat Ramp, to attempt to rescue the group.

Marine Rescue Jervis Bay has also launched its vessel, JB20, while the Westpac Lifesaver Helicopter 23 from Moruya is also making its way to the scene.

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