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Five rescued, including rescue crew

In a dramatic rescue, five people were pulled from the water off the coast of Ballina on the eastern Australian coastline this week, including the crew of the town's marine rescue boat.

The drama began about 1 a.m. when the marine rescue was called to help a vessel struggling to get across the river bar. The marine rescue crew tried twice to attach a tow-rope to the yacht, but each time the ropes got tangled in the vessel's propellers.

“Both boats were dragged out around the wall with the outgoing tide, and there was no time for the crew to do anything,” regional coordinator Stephen Reading told the local news outlet. “They got hit by a couple of big waves and they were on the rocks.”

Click here for a report by, based on a local report by the Northern Star.