THREE people have been rescued after their boat capsized at Lake Innes on Monday (January 3) morning.
A man in his 70s, a woman in her 40s and a 10-year-old boy were out on the lake in a small tinny before the vessel started taking on water at around 9am.
Rough conditions resulted in the boat capsizing as it started to sink.
The woman on board the vessel was able to dial 000 and alerted emergency services to the situation.
Police officers were assisted by the Marine Area Command and PolAir to help in the rescue.
Locals also came to the aid of the three people and assisted in the rescue effort.
NSW Ambulance and Surf Life Saving NSW also attended the scene.
The three people involved in the incident suffered minor injuries during the ordeal.
The incident has prompted police to remind people of the dangerous weather conditions and to urge people to use caution when around the water over the coming days.
"The weather conditions continue to worsen and we're reminding people to be very careful when entering the water," Chief Inspector Mick Aldridge said.
"The water conditions have been dangerous and rough and can result in an incident like what occurred yesterday."
Abnormally high tides are possible for coastal areas north of Seal Rocks over the next dew days.
Water levels could reach or exceed the highest tide of the year by at least 0.1 metres during the morning high tide on Wednesday.
A hazardous surf warning is current for the Mid North Coast.
NSW Police Force, Marine Area Command advise that:
- People should consider staying out of the water and avoid walking near surf-exposed areas.
- Rock fishers should avoid coastal rock platforms exposed to the ocean and seek a safe location that is sheltered from the surf.
- Boaters planning to cross shallow water and ocean bars should consider changing or delaying their voyage.
- Boaters already on the water should carry the appropriate safety equipment and wear a lifejacket.
- Boaters should remember to log on with their local Marine Rescue radio base, via VHF Radio or the Marine Rescue APP, and consider their safety management plan.
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