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Wattamora Boat Rescue Operations Underway Near Royal National Park

Massive rescue operations are underway south of Sydney, and stormy weather is pushing container ships towards the cliffs near Wattamora in Royal National Park.

A rescue helicopter has been deployed at the scene and a tugboat is underway to bring the 169-meter container ship Portland Bay under control.

Hong Kong registered vessels without electricity are moored one nautical mile offshore. There are 21 crew members.

Portland Bay, Hong Kong’s registered container ship as seen in the file photo, is at risk of stranded off the coast of Wattamora.credit:Stephen Watkins

Previous attempts to evacuate some crew members by helicopter were canceled due to risk.

Tugboats from Botany Bay will arrive around 1 pm. We will tow the ship further offshore so that we can leave the port on our own.

The bulk carrier departed Wollongong at 7:30 am on Monday.

According to the Meteorological Bureau, wind speeds of up to 54 km / h were recorded off Wattamora at 10:30 am on Monday.

Waves over 2 meters have been reported at Wattamora Beach. The beach is surrounded by steep cliffs.

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Wattamora Boat Rescue Operations Underway Near Royal National Park

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