by S Lowe 5THE FM’s news on line wattlerangenow
Four men have been rescued after the boat they were in ran aground in waters near Beachport/ Nora Crena in the State’s south-east Sunday morning. At about 1.35am, police were notified that an emergency beacon was activated about one kilometre off shore, from a yacht that was sailing from Adelaide to Portland. After running aground the yacht began taking on water and the men deployed the raft.
Emergency services were called to the scene, and located the four occupants after they had used the boat’s life raft to get to the shore. SES, CFS, Ambulance and Police were in attendance.
Four men, all experienced sailors, aged in their 50s and 60s, were taken to Mount Gambier Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Their experience played a big part in their survival emergency workers said. They rolled in the raft many times before reaching land and it was their experience that may have prevented panic contributing to their survival. One of the men is a past Sydney to Hobart sailor and his experience paid off, said emergency personnel. The men were sailing from Port Adelaide to Sydney to deliver the craft which also washed ashore.
Police said they would like to remind the public that this is a prime example of the necessity to always carry emergency equipment if you are travelling on the water, including emergency beacons, flares and life jackets