Fish­er­man lo­cated af­ter he ‘got bushed’

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

A BOWEN fish­er­man is count­ing his lucky stars this week, safely back ashore af­ter his fish­ing dory be­came lost at sea on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

The fish­er­man ac­ti­vated his EPIRB around 4pm Satur­day, with the RACQ CQ Res­cue He­li­copter, Bowen VMR, an­other fish­ing dory and the Aus­tralian Marine Safety Au­thor­ity Cairns-based air­craft tasked with the search.

The dory wasn’t found un­til around 7.30pm, with AMSA’s air­craft re­lay­ing co-or­di­nates to the Bowen VMR res­cue boat.

“The air­craft fly­ing over­head gave our ves­sel co-ordi- nates to go to,” Bowen VMR ra­dio op­er­a­tor Don Rose said.

“They saw a lit­tle light, and it was the light off his phone.

“That’s the only thing we found him by.

Mr Rose said the fish­er­man was not hurt.

“He was just bushed,” he said.

“(He got) dis­ori­en­tated due to the rain show­ers that were in the area.”

Mr Rose said the fish­er­man’s EPIRB had been a life­saver, per­haps lit­er­ally.

The dory was towed from Wallaby Reef back to Bowen by the VMR boat.

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