Rescue after hours at sea

A CENTRAL Queensland man spent Christmas Eve night lost at sea, near Roslyn Bay, after he lost his way and ran out of fuel.

David Stanley first contacted the Keppel Sands Coast Guard at 8pm Thursday night but was unable to detail his location.

The Coast Guard crew spent the next six hours looking for him.

They found Mr Stanley in the darkness at 2am yesterday.

Coast Guard Ray Wilkinson said the crew was able to assist him back to Port Alma safely, where he had originally started from.

It was the second rescue the Coast Guard crew had to perform on Thursday.

At 3pm they received a call from a distressed family whose houseboat was sinking in Coorooman Creek.

The Coast Guard crew managed to rescue to vessel by pumping the water out.

Mr Wilkinson said it was caused by a mechanical failure in the boat, which allowed water to flow in.

“The family had big Christmas plans but now their Christmas has been ruined,” he said.

Mr Wilkinson said there was only minor damage and they managed to get it back to shore.

He said the holiday season was typically a busy time for the Keppel Sands Coast Guard, which is always prepared for an emergency.

Last week they were required to tow two other broken down vessels.



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