Fam­ily res­cued af­ter boat cap­sized

Pilbara News - - News - Gabrielle Knowles and Peter de Krui­jff

■ A fam­ily of four has been res­cued from an is­land off near Balla Balla af­ter their boat cap­sized on Septem­ber 14.

Emer­gency ser­vices launched a search af­ter re­ceiv­ing a dis­tress sig­nal near Balla Balla Creek, about 100km north of Roe­bourne about 10am.

A lo­cal he­li­copter spot­ted the fam­ily on Sable Is­land, about 8km from the coast, a few hours af­ter they ac­ti­vated their EPIRB.

Another lo­cal fish­er­man col­lected the group, be­lieved to be an adult and three chil­dren, and brought them back to the main­land by about 1.30pm.

The group told res­cuers they were not far from Sable when they were hit by four waves.

They were able to swim to the is­land and set off their emer­gency bea­con.

Author­i­ties be­lieve the fam­ily had been camp­ing on the is­land for a few nights and had been snorkelling and fish­ing from their boat.

Roe­bourne po­lice Sergeant Jerry Samoa said it just went to show how im­por­tant hav­ing an up-to-date EPIRB was.

He said the adult had just bought a sec­ond-hand EPIRB which helped author­i­ties to co-or­di­nate the res­cue.

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