Strong winds blow boats into trouble at Jetty Beach

UPDATE: AS the temperature was slowly starting to drop last night Coffs Harbour was hit by a strong predicted southerly change.

Trees were suddenly going wild and some houses were reported having blackouts.

At 8.39pm winds were gusting to a low 7km/h and only five minutes later that figured jumped up to 54km/h.

In this time the temperature dropped a whole ten degrees.

With a peak of 91km/h only ten minutes after the change came it's no surprise damage was done.

A yacht and a trimaran in the harbour were under the mercy of the wind, one being blown into the summertime fun Splash Waterpark and the other into the Jetty pylons.

Spectators watched as the yacht blew closer to the waterpark and a few brave people swam across to attempt to assist.

The Fire Brigade, NSW Police and Marine Rescue were on the scene.

Marine Rescue attached a rope to the stricken yacht and were able to tow it free from the waterpark.

As the sun rose this morning, locals and visitors enjoying the break of day at the Jetty were able to witness the trimaran currently tied to the Jetty pylons.

9.35PM: At 8.46pm last night Coffs Harbour was hit by a strong southerly change landing a yacht and trimaran in trouble at Jetty Beach.

With wind gusts up to 91km an hour and a rising swell, one vessel ended up amongst the inflatable Splash waterpark and the other was blown onto the Jetty pylons.

The fire brigade, NSW Police and Marine Rescue were on scene to assist.

Marine Rescue were able to tow the yacht out of the waterpark last night.

 



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