Canarvon Up North

Carnarvon community pulls together in marine rescue

A woman and three men made a lucky escape after their boat capsized on Wednesday 29th July, at around 10.40am off of the coast of Northern WA.

The vessel had become overwhelmed by the rough waters and overturned, near the Quobba Blow Holes rest area.

All four occupants of the vessel were wearing life jackets, and were able to access a mobile phone, which had been stored in a watertight bag, to call emergency services.

Using the location received from their Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB), the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre were able to locate the vessel and her passengers.

Whilst waiting for emergency services to arrive, a private vessel in the area, noticed the scene and was able to assist with recovering all four people from the water.

A private plane circled the area and advised emergency services of the events unfolding during the rescue.

RIO Tinto Emergency Services, and St John Ambulance paramedics were waiting on shore to provide medical assistance. Two of the men, aged in their 60’s and 70’s were taken to Carnarvon Hospital to receive treatment for minor injuries.

A WA Police Force spokesperson has said this is a great example of why it is always best to be prepared for emergencies in the water.

“In a marine emergency situation every second counts. By being prepared with life vests, an EPIRB and a mobile phone in a water-proof case the skipper was able to quickly alert authorities to their situation and provide information on exactly where they were.”

Carnarvon Police thanks the community for the effort involved in the rescue.

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Gemma Dwyer

Gemma Dwyer

Gemma Dwyer is the courts and crime correspondent for The WA Daily.

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