Chop­per res­cues an­glers from mud

Broome Advertiser - - News - Chris Leitch and Chloe Fraser

Two fish­er­men found them­selves in a des­per­ate sit­u­a­tion, stuck chest-deep in mud and with a big tide com­ing in, af­ter their boat sank in waters off Broome on Satur­day.

A he­li­copter was ur­gently dis­patched to res­cue two men af­ter their boat cap­sized and sank near Crab Creek, about 20km east of Broome.

The chop­per ar­rived at their lo­ca­tion, about 1km off­shore, at 5.48pm and 15 min­utes later both men had been pulled to safety.

It was a close call that could have be­come a tragedy, with both men suf­fer­ing from ex­haus­tion and a 9.8m tide clos­ing in, ac­cord­ing to Broome po­lice.

If that wasn’t enough, the waters are known to be in­fested with croc­o­diles.

Vi­sion posted by po­lice on so­cial me­dia shows a res­cue crew lift­ing the men to safety as the sun dis­ap­peared be­hind the hori­zon.

The pair are now safe and re­cov­er­ing, with no se­ri­ous in­juries.

The Crab Creek area is known for good fish­ing but also big tides and mud­flats, which stretch out to about 1km at some points.

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