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Three men survived 20 hours in the water after their vessel swamped in bad weather

Experience Feedback Transport Safety Victoria has posted on its website information about three men who survived 20 hours in the water after their vessel was swamped in bad weather.Summary of incidentThree friends had been planning a trip for weeks, to spend a day fishing off Queenscliff in their 4.4m Half Cabin.On 19 February 2011, they woke up early and travelled several hours to Port Phillip Bay. With the weather forecast not looking good, instead of cancelling their trip, the friends changed their Queenscliff plans and opted to launch from Lime Burners in Corio Bay, a place they thought would be more protected from bad weather conditions.After an initial hour of fishing in the inner harbour of Corio Bay they decided to travel further out to try their luck. They motored out to the outer harbour and anchored.As the weather deteriorated, the three men decided to return to shore when water started coming over the side of the vessel. The bilge pump could not keep up with the water flowing in which caused the vessel to become unstable and pitch upwards. One of the men went to the stern to bail out the water but the stern went under.All three were ...

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