Two fishermen rescued from island

Daryna ZadvirnaAlbany Advertiser
ASR captain Chris Johns.
Camera IconASR captain Chris Johns. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser

Albany Sea Rescue retrieved two stranded fishermen from Breaksea Island after they abandoned their stricken boat.

ASR captain Chris Johns said the Rocky Gully pair were fishing on the west side of the island on Sunday, April 5 when their boat would not start.

They had not logged on at the start of their trip.

“They were close to the rocks and apparently they washed up onto (them) and bailed out,” he said.

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“They had all their gear in it still and they just sort of jumped out for their lives. We were told they scrambled up through the scrub and bush and arrived with a bit of blood and scratches.

“The staff that were working on the lighthouse were surprised to see them come out of the bush and (they) made a phone call to us.”

The fishing boat was not able to be recovered, according to Mr Johns.

Mr Johns said his squad was called out nearly two hours after the incident occurred about 2pm.

He said the fisherman were very lucky they found someone on the island.

“We urge people to log on with your radio so someone knows you’re out there,” he said.

“It could have been a very long time before we got them.”

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