Yeppoon pair safe after helicopter rescue at sea

By NATALIE SMITH

TWO YEPPOON men are safe after spending almost three hours in rough seas when their boat capsized near Corio Bay yesterday afternoon.

The 19-year-olds, whose names have not been released, were returning from a fishing trip when the six-metre fibre glass boat they were in overturned in 10 to 15 knot northwesterly winds.

An EPIRB (emergency position indicating radio beacon) was set off about 12.30pm and RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service began searching for them.

The two were found near Corio Bay about 3pm and winched into the helicopter.

Crew member David Mountain went down the wire to retrieve the pair.

"When we tracked them they were sitting on top of the overturned hull, wearing lifejackets and shorts,'' he said. "They were pretty happy to see us.

"If they didn't have the EPIRB we might not have even had the call to get them.

"Both were fine. They both had mild hypothermia but did not require transport to hospital.''

Yeppoon Police Sergeant Neil Shillington said police met the helicopter at the Cordingley Street soccer fields in Yeppoon.

"Both were local lads from Yeppoon and both are fine,'' he said.

Their parents met them at the soccer field and took them home.



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