Team effort hauls fishers from rocks

WAVES were pounding on rocks as two fishermen stood stranded near Fishermans Beach, Emu Park, waiting to be rescued.

That was the image imprinted on the minds of Emu Park residents last Friday night as they performed an extraordinary feat ? saving the lives of two men.

It had just turned 8.10pm when a couple walking along Fishermans Beach heard cries for help from two men, aged 23 and 24, from the rocks off the jetty.

The couple ran to fish and chip shop, Mulligrubs, to call for help as Emu Park residents Aaron Solito, 27, and his fiancee arrived.

"When we heard Michelle and Dale (Mulligrubs owners) called emergency services, Tim and I took his Dad's car and grabbed a tinny from my mate's place (George Egan) and raced back down,'' Mr Solito said.

"By that time Nathan (Queensland Fire and Rescue Service officer Nathan Cookson) was there and he borrowed Tim's shoes and jumped in the tinny with me.

"There was us, Firies, Emu Park Surf Lifesavers, Ambos ? everyone just came together.

"We're not heroes though. We only did what anyone else would have done in the same situation.''

The rescued men were both believed to have been visiting from Blackwater.

Emu Park Ambulance officerin-charge Ashley Wessels said the rescue was under way by the time he reached the scene.

"They were suffering exposure to the cold and bordering on hypothermia when we took them to Yeppoon Hospital. They were later released,'' he said.



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