Port Lincoln SES respond to boat strandings

Port Lincoln State Emergency Service volunteers were kept busy over the Australia Day long weekend.

The SES received two call outs to assist stranded boats.

The unit responded to a mayday call on the VHF radio late Saturday afternoon after a charter vessel hit a reef on the southern end of Thistle Island.

The SES sent out the Rescue 81 shark-cat that was at the Port Lincoln foreshore for the Tunarama Festival.

A number of private vessels attended to help out where they could while SES volunteers provided assistance to passengers as they were transferred to another charter vessel to be taken back to Port Lincoln.

Unit manager Max Coulson said thanks go to Peter Teakle, Rob and Angela Swincer and all who responded to the call. 

 Mr Coulson also thanked Tumby Bay VMR operator Garry Smith and said he was pivotal in organising vessels to help out.

The SES unit also responded to an emergency position indicating radio beacon (EPIRB) activation at Point Sir Isaacs in Coffin Bay National Park at about 5pm Monday.

Mr Smith coordinated vessels in the are....

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