Wild seas braved by rescue crews

Water Police received the call from north of Mindarie and alerted Whitfords Volunteer Sea Rescue Group before battling heavy seas and strong winds in the 18m Cygnet 5 to reach Hillarys where Whitfords had manned its boat Green 1.

With wind gusts of up to 100km/h and a big swell, Whitfords made the decision to stand down its boat and two of its skippers went with the police on Cygnet 5 to provide local knowledge when an accurate co-ordinate was determined about 8.30pm.

While the men were putting their lives at risk at sea, Whitfords members went to the beach area near the Alkimos wreck with four-wheel drives before the skipper of the yacht was found safe walking on Pipidinny Road about 10.40pm.

Though the yachtsman was found, the Cygnet 5 still had to get back safely and, fortunately, it did ” at Hillarys at midnight.