Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), rescued four people after their boat capsized off Western Australia’s north-west coast on 4th July.
s explained, it received a signal at 9am from an emergency beacon off Cape Farquhar, about 88 kilometres south of Coral Bay.
AMSA diverted an RAAF aircraft that was in the area to search for a vessel in distress, along with AMSA’s Perth-based challenger rescue aircraft. A helicopter from Exmouth and a local vessel were also dispatched to assist.
At 12:45pm (AEST) the RAAF aircraft located an upturned hull about 23 kilometres northwest of Cape Farquhar.
All four crew, who were wearing lifejackets, have now been winched to safety by the rescue helicopter.
The survivors are reportedly suffering from mild hypothermia and have been taken to Coral Bay where they will be medically assessed.
Furthermore, this rescue further highlights how wearing a lifejacket and carrying an emergency beacon on board a small vessel can potentially save your life.