Dangerous waters: A sign warns boat owners of possible dangerous conditions ahead at the Brunswick bar.
Dangerous waters: A sign warns boat owners of possible dangerous conditions ahead at the Brunswick bar. Jerad Williams

Lucky escape from boat crash

A MULLUMBIMBY Creek father and his two sons had a lucky escape after their boat smashed into rocks at Brunswick Heads yesterday.

The 41-year-old man and his two sons, aged 14 and 11 years, were attempting to cross the bar at Brunswick around 6.15am when a wave overturned their vessel, a 4.8-metre aluminium centre console, police said.

Both the Brunswick Valley Marine Rescue and the Brunswick Surf Life Saving Club were called to the rescue, however the family was able to swim to safety, Inspector Owen King from Byron Bay Police said.

Ambulance units from Byron Bay and Mullumbimby and a rescue helicopter also attended the scene but there were no injuries from the accident.

The conditions at the bar yesterday morning were described as dangerous by Brunswick Marine Rescue, especially at low tide.

“The Brunswick bar is notoriously unpredictable,” Rex Fisher, of Brunswick Valley Marine Rescue, said.

“Their boat capsized on the bar itself.

“It was then washed around into the North Wall at Seagull Rocks,” he said.

“The Brunswick Surf Life Saving Club sent out an inflatable recuse vessel and we had our vessel on standby.

“Fortunately, neither of the rescue vessels were needed and all three people were safe and accounted for.”

Mr Fisher said a group of onlookers along the North Wall called triple-0 when the accident occurred.

The boat was severely damaged in the crash, Mr Fisher said, however the owner was able to salvage the vessel when the tide came in later on Sunday morning.


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