Fish­er­men cling on for dear life

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.”

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