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Brothers rescued after clinging to esky for almost four hours

February 20, 2023 6:26 am in by

Two men have been plucked from the ocean after the boat they were in overturned near the northern tip of K’gari (Fraser Island).

It’s believed the brothers, both aged in their twenties, had been out fishing when a rogue wave rolled their six-metre boat and threw them into the sea.

The men quickly activated their EPIRB and put their life jackets on as they watched their vessel sink.

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The pair floated in the ocean for almost four hours staying afloat by clinging to an esky.

The Bundaberg-based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter was called into action by Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) to a location off Sandy Cape following the EPIRB activation.

AMSA received the distress signal and immediately tasked the chopper around 1.45pm Saturday.

The LifeFilght pilot flew to the coordinates provided and soon located the men.

Hovering overhead, it was decided the safest course of action was to winch the rescue crewman down to the pair, then hoist them one at a time up into the safety of the helicopter.

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It’s understood both men suffered no injuries and were airlifted to Bundaberg Hospital for further observation.

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