Hillarys: men use mobile to call Whitfords Volunteer Sea Rescue after boat starts sinking near Little Island

The boat was towed to shore. Picture and videos: Martin Kennealey
The boat was towed to shore. Picture and videos: Martin Kennealey

TWO young men had to be rescued after waves swamped their boat while they were checking cray pots near Little Island off Hillarys this afternoon.

Whitfords Volunteer Sea Rescue radio operator Neil Dawson said the men made the call about 12.15pm.

“They were at anchor to the west of Little Island,” he said.

“They called us up on our landline and their mobile to say their boat was full of water and they needed assistance.

“The stern of the boat was well submerged (when rescuers arrived) and the two occupants were sitting up in the bow area.”

He said water police sent out a “moderate distress signal” for any private boats in the area to help the men.

A private vessel began heading out but was overtaken by the sea rescue team.

A helicopter also assisted in their retrieval.

The boat was towed back to the marina just before 1.30pm.

Mr Dawson believed they were in a “banana boat”, which is a long vessel that sits low to the water.

The boats were commonly made by Southwind.

 

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