Volunteer Marine Rescue was stood down after a passing boat rescued a father and son whose boat sunk Sunday morning.
Volunteer Marine Rescue was stood down after a passing boat rescued a father and son whose boat sunk Sunday morning. Contributed

Father and son rescued after boat sinks off Mackay

A PASSING vessel arrived just in time to rescue a father and son, whose boat split up the middle and sunk after hitting a submerged log.

Volunteer Marine Rescue duty skipper Don Bowden said his crew were tasked to the job near Bailey Island about 6.30am Sunday, after the sinking boat's EPIRB was activated.

However he said VMR, and the RACQ CQ Rescue Helicopter, were stood down when the 32-year-old father and six-year-old son were picked up by a nearby vessel.

 

The pair were rescued from near Bailey Island, south east of Keswick Island.
The pair were rescued from near Bailey Island, south east of Keswick Island.

"Once they'd transferred all the gear (onto the boat that came to help) their vessel rolled over and semi-submerged," Mr Bowden said.

Only a "tiny bit" of the 6.5m centre console's bow could now be seen sticking out of the water, he said.

The incident should serve as a reminder for all boaties to be wary of logs and objects in the water, particularly as recent rain had shifted a lot more into waterways.

Mr Bowden said it was the second boat to be sunk after hitting a log in a fortnight.

He also urged everyone heading out of the water to register their EPIRBs, so authorities would know exactly who was on a boat after it was activated.


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