Fishermen cling on for dear life
while Joe and Tony struggled to hold on in the water as waves pushed them into the hull.
“The thought of sharks didn’t even enter my mind - we just kept looking around and hoping that the EPIRB was working because we were not too keen to spend the night,” Mr Walters said.
Port Douglas Coastguard commander Jeff Anderson was taking four friends for a 15-minute sea trial when he heard the mayday calls and travelled an hour-and-ahalf to rescue the men.
“It turned into a six-hour search and rescue mission,” he said.
Tony was hospitalised as he suffered from a mild heart attack.
Rescue boat passenger Kathy Hayley was amazed by Mr Anderson’s performance.
“When we got there you could see that the two guys in the water were struggling because the waves were pushing them into the boat,” she said. “Jeff kept everyone calm and did such a good job on a rescue with unexperienced people on board.”