STATEMENT BY NSRI SHELLY BEACH DUTY COXSWAIN RHUAN BEATTIE:
At 10h54, Thursday, 24 September, NSRI Shelly Beach duty crew were activated following eye-witness reports of the appearance of a person suspected to be holding onto a shark net buoy off-shore at Hibberdene beach.
NSRI Shelly Beach prepared to launch a sea rescue craft while Med-Evac ambulance services and Police Search and Rescue responded.
Greg Massey, Commodore and Safety Officer of the Hibberdene Ski-Boat Club, contacted local boats that were at sea and nearby to the scene at the time to also investigate.
On closer inspection, it was confirmed to be a drum line attached to the shark net and not a person and this was confirmed to be a false alarm with good intentions and no further assistance was required.