TWO Emerald men have been hailed humble heroes after they rescued a couple from a sinking boat at the Fairbairn Dam on Wednesday morning.
The sinking sailor, who wished to remain anonymous, said he was grateful to the men, Eddie Booth and Mike Walker, who leapt to their rescue on jet skis and ferried them back to shore, saving them a long swim.
The married couple on the boat had been on the water since early morning fishing for red claw when their 4.4m Stacer vessel started taking on water.
"The hull must have split or something," the man said.
Luckily still within mobile phone range despite being 20 minutes from shore, the man called his family who raised the alarm.
Mr Booth and Mr Walker had barely launched their jet skis when they tossed their keys to the family, asked them to park the car and sped out across the water.
"We are just very grateful to the two guys," the rescued fisherman said after the water-logged boat was towed back to shore by jet ski.
Emergency services attended but no injuries were reported.
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