May 09

Bide a Wee

Balgowlah Heights, New South Wales, Australia 33º49’93″S 151º15’70″E

A 13m vessel, the Bide a Wee, on her side with holes in her timber hull, having been battered by heavy seas. The ketch went aground after leaving North Harbour under sail, it was was marooned on the rocks at Grotto Point near Dobroyd Head at Balgowlah Heights, Sydney.
A Maritime vessel and a police boat were both unable to reach two men on the ketch because of the wild waves and strong winds.An officer was winched down onto the stranded vessel from police helicopter PolAir to rescue the two.
They were winched to safety and flown to Manly Hospital for treatment.
The men did not appear to be injured.