PAIR PLUCKED FROM THE WAVES

Albany Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Tim Ed­munds

Sea res­cuers say an emer­gency bea­con was cru­cial in the res­cue of a pair of fish­er­men off Al­bany’s coast yes­ter­day.

That (EPIRB) was a bloody god­send as we would have had a 20-mile ra­dius to look for them. Chris Johns

A pair of fish­er­men were res­cued from the ocean yes­ter­day af­ter their boat be­gan to take on wa­ter off the coast of Al­bany.

An emer­gency po­si­tion-in­di­cat­ing ra­dio bea­con (EPIRB) was set off by the two men just af­ter 6am, spark­ing a search and res­cue in­volv­ing Al­bany Sea Res­cue and po­lice.

The fish­er­men were near Stony Is­land, 20 nau­ti­cal miles off the Al­bany coast, and were towed to Hart­mans Beach near Cosy Cor­ner.

Al­bany Sea Res­cue op­er­a­tions co­or­di­na­tor Chris Johns said the men had ex­pe­ri­enced me­chan­i­cal prob- lems but were found by res­cuers safe and well just be­fore 8am.

“From a dis­tance it looked like it was an up­turned boat but re­ally it was so laden and only a lit­tle dinghy,” he said. Mr Johns said with­out the EPIRB, res­cuers would have strug­gled to find the men, who were thank­ful res­cuers ar­rived when they did.

“It worked and we got a pos­i­tive sig­nal on him,” he said.

“That (EPIRB) was a bloody god­send as we would have had a 20-mile ra­dius to look for them.”

Mr Johns said ap­pro­pri­ate safety equip­ment such as EPIRBs and work­ing ra­dios were cru­cial.

“That’s the les­son here,” he said.

Picture: GWN7 News

The res­cued fish­er­men near Cosy Cor­ner.

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