After a three-hour vertical lift effort, the two fishermen are retrieved.
After a three-hour vertical lift effort, the two fishermen are retrieved. Yeppoon SES

SEW hoist trapped men from blowhole

IT took 20 SES volunteers from Yeppoon and Emu Park four hours to rescue two barefoot fishermen stranded in a beachfront cave that was cut off by the year's highest tide Saturday night.

SES crews were assisted by firefighters to abseil 35m down the cliff face of Double Head National Park at Rosslyn Bay on the Capricorn Coast.

They were alerted to the trapped men by a mystery caller around 6.30pm.

The men, one in his 30s and the other about 18-years-old, had spent the day fishing off the reef.

As the tide came in they were forced into the cave and trapped in the “blowhole” by the giant tide.

Without any phone signal in the cave the pair set up camp, lighting a small fire as they prepared to spend the night trapped.

SES and Queensland Fire and Rescue Service crews arrived on scene at 7.20pm to prepare for the rescue.

For the next three hours they set up the vertical rescue and hoisted the men from the cave by 10.40pm.

Yeppoon SES group leader Eddie Cowie said the men were “quite secure” in the cave and were rescued without an injury.

He said the men, both Yeppoon locals, were only fighting hunger pains when they were rescued.

“The weather was quite good that night,” Mr Cowie said.

“They came up in relatively good health.”

An ambulance attended to the men at the site but neither of them needed treatment.



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