(Photos: Marine Resuce NSW)
Marine Rescue specialists and Far South Coast Lifesavers took to the water off Bermagui over the weekend to search for "victims" missing at sea as part of a major capability exercise.
The 'plane-crash' search was the focus of a two-day regional Search and Rescue Exercise designed to test agencies’ marine search and rescue practices and coordination.
Region Operations Manager for Marine Rescue NSW, Glenn Sullivan said it was a worthwhile exercise.
"We had a simulated plan crash, from there we executed two search areas, casualties were located in the inshore search... then we found a number of targets offshore, as well as a life raft and having casualties in the life raft that had to be extracted,"
"One (casualty) that was winched from the life raft into the Westpac Lifesaver helicopter
"We couldn't of asked for a better weekend and great participation by all the people that were in attendance."
The exercises are done as a requirement of the state rescue board every year but also to hone the skills and development of members of Marine Rescue and partners.