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Locals rescue family of nine after boat capsizes on Lake Macquarie


Locals have saved a family from nearly experiencing a Boxing Day tragedy after a boat capsized on Lake Macquarie.

The family of nine, including a baby and a grandmother, were on a boat about 200 metres off Trinity Point, Lake Macquarie, just before 8pm last night.

The boat capsized due to the water’s choppy conditions, plunging the family members, who are aged between six months and 89, into the lake.

A boat capsized last night in Lake Macquarie with nine people on board.
A boat capsized last night in Lake Macquarie with nine people on board. (9News)

Luckily, locals on the water jumped to the family’s aid.

“It was taking on water so I kind of hung around in the area and I thought there could be some trouble,” Hayden Perks, one of the rescuers, said.

Mr Perks saw the family getting into trouble on the water while he was on his jetski, he rushed over and pulled the grandmother and baby to safety.

A boat capsized last night in Lake Macquarie with nine people on board.
All of the family escaped without serious injuries. (9News)

“I jumped on mine and flew out and rescued three people,” James Ryan, another rescuer, said.

“They were very grateful, the old lady was hugging me as we got back into the marina here.”

The whole family escaped serious injury.

A boat capsized last night in Lake Macquarie with nine people on board.
Locals rushed to the aid of the family and managed to pull them all from the water. (9News)

The grandmother, mother and baby were taken to Wyong Hospital for observation.

Marine rescue commander Malcolm Drew said lifejackets helped save the family from catastrophe.

 Wildlife Victoria thanked the quick-thinking Metro-Trains staff at Flinders Street railway station today after six ducklings were rescued from the tracks at platform 10.

Ducks rescued from busy train station

“They were very lucky there were passers-by,” he said.



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