THREE people and a dog were rescued from rough seas off Old Bar this morning.
A man, 41, suffering a head wound was winched to safety by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter.
The helicopter also rescued a 45-year-old woman suffering from severe sea sickness.
Police and the helicopter crew were alerted to the boat in distress early this morning when the crew activated an emergency beacon.
It is understood the boat’s motor failed in particularly rough conditions.
A man and a dog remained behind on the boat and were towed to shore by water police from Nelson Bay.