The Palm Beach Ferry ran aground in the Ettalong Channel on March 9.
The ferry ran aground at Half Tide Rocks just before 5:30pm with three Marine Rescue NSW vessels and a team from NSW Police’s Marine Area Command attending.
“Thirty-one ferry passengers were safely transferred off the vessel before NSW Police vessel WP 42 and Marine Rescue vessel Cottage Point 31 relocated the vessel,” said Marine Rescue volunteer Mr Roger Palmer.
“Cottage Point 31 was able to secure a tow line to the ferry’s bow and, with all passengers removed and a solid three knot current, towed the large vessel to deeper water,” Mr Palmer said.
The crews were able to get the ferry afloat again and on its way just after 6:30pm.
He announced: “The ferry that earlier ran aground at Half Tide Rocks at the entrance to Brisbane Water is now safely on an emergency mooring and all Marine Rescue NSW vessels have been stood down.”
Social media, 9 Mar 2019
Roger Palmer, Marine Rescue Central Coast