Men rowing between boats rescued at sea

Two men rowing an inflatable vessel between their boats off Myponga had to be rescued. Photo: File.
Two men rowing an inflatable vessel between their boats off Myponga had to be rescued. Photo: File.

Two men on an inflatable vessel were rescued in waters off Myponga on Sunday night after an attempt to row between their two boats did not go according to plan.

Emergency services were called to the location at 6.15pm on March 11, after “the wind picked up and they got blown out to sea a bit” when trying to paddle between their moored boats, according to an SA Police spokesman.

An SA Sea Rescue Squadron statement said their rescue crafts from West Beach, Lonsdale and Wirrina were joined by SAPOL Water Operations, POLAIR (a police helicopter), and crews from the Sea Rescue Adelaide Operations Base.

“Unfortunately the casualties had no safety gear on them. Initially it looked grim with two-metre seas, very poor visibility and deteriorating weather conditions,” the statement on the squadron’s Facebook page said.

POLAIR located the two men before 9pm and the Sea Rescue Squadron had recovered them and brought them to safety; fortunately both were in good physical condition.

The SA Sea Rescue Squadron statement said wearing lifejackets in and around the water was of utmost importance.

“What could start as a paddling exercise in knee-deep waters close to shore could end up being blown out three nautical miles out to sea,” the statement said.

“Great outcome thanks to a great number of personnel involved including one of our private auxillary crafts SR55 that was involved in the preliminary search.”