EIGHT minutes is all it takes for surf lifesavers Josh and Mitchel Pakes to go from whatever they are doing to having a rescue boat in the water at Crookhaven Heads.
After the initial triple-0 call to say a boat had capsized and at least one person was in the water, emergency services received more calls about more people in the water.
Spare lifejackets in Mr Bretherton’s boat had floated out and were being mistaken for people by witnesses watching from a distance.
While he was being pulled from the water by Marine Rescue volunteers, the Pakes brothers were looking for anyone else who might have been in the water.
The two were in their element in the inflatable surf boat designed to cope with rough conditions.
They quickly scouted the area before battling the wind and chop to get back to shore.
The pair towed their boat using the club’s all-terrain vehicle from the Culburra Beach clubhouse to the Crookhaven Regional Boat Ramp.
“We were eight minutes from time of call to boat in the water,” Mitchel Pakes said.
“It’s good that we can work in with Marine Rescue so well,” he said.