Frantic dash to save lives

Two Rocks Sea Rescue crew members Jim Smith, Ned Shepherd, Bill Shean and Wayne Wyatt.
Two Rocks Sea Rescue crew members Jim Smith, Ned Shepherd, Bill Shean and Wayne Wyatt.

David Navin (38) was critically ill at Joondalup Health Campus while Ivan Hallissey (36) was in a stable condition at Royal Perth Hospital.

The neighbours reportedly left Two Rocks Marina at 7.45am and were not expected home until the afternoon. A marine search and rescue operation was launched after the boat’s EPIRB was activated about 10am, with Whitfords Volunteer Sea Rescue, Two Rocks Volunteer Marine Rescue, SLSWA Westpac helicopter, Water Police and police helicopter attending the scene.

The emergency beacon signal was lost after 40 minutes and it took three hours of scouring a 360sq km area of ocean before the two men were spotted, wearing lifejackets.

Water Police recovered Mr Hallissey, while crew on board the Two Rocks group’s Sea Guardian II pulled an unconscious Mr Navin from the water.

Two crew members, Ned Shepherd and trainee Bill Shean, performed CPR on Mr Navin until they reached Two Rocks Marina and were transferred to St John Ambulance paramedics.

‘From experience, I know how hard it is to do CPR on the boat,’ group commander Jeff Howe said.

‘They did an incredible job from when they got hold of him until when they got him to paramedics.’

Both men were reportedly suffering from hypothermia and suspected vapour burns from the fuel.

Mr Howe said the crew members had been following the progress of the men.

‘You couldn’t do something like this without it having a lasting effect,’ he said. ‘You put your heart and soul into something, you want a good outcome.

‘The group and the crew wish all the best (to Mr Navin and family).’