Two men rescued from life raft after boat sinks off southern WA coast

Two men have been rescued from a life raft off the coast of Hopetoun after their fishing boat sank overnight.

Police were alerted after the men activated their EPIRB about 15 nautical miles off the coast from Hopetoun just after midnight.

The location where the men's EPIRB was activated, off the southern coast of WA.

The location where the men’s EPIRB was activated, off the southern coast of WA. Credit:Google Maps

The Australian Marine Safety Authority sent its Challenger Rescue Jet to the area as volunteers from the Hopetoun Sea Search and Rescue set out on a rescue boat with a Hopetoun Police officer on board.

Attempts to reach the men using marine radio failed, but an emergency triple-0 call came through to the rescue boat’s skipper, who was told the two were in a life raft and drifting in waters about 50 metres deep.

The two men – a 54-year-old and 18-year-old – were found just after 3am in their life raft.

They said their 17.7-metre fishing boat had sunk after taking on water, and had managed to escape in the life raft and activate the EPIRB.

The two were taken back to Hopetoun Pier and checked by St John Ambulance as a precaution.




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