THREE men have been rescued off Double Island Point this morning after their fishing charter boat hit a rock and took in thousands of litres of water.

About 4.30am the Tin Can Bay coast guard got a call from water police about a 40ft (13m) charter boat that was taking in water about a mile from Double Island Point, a source said.

The boat had reportedly run into Wolf Rock. The area is an exclusion zone for fishermen, as it's a popular breeding ground for grey nurse sharks.

The three men entered a dingy after the incident and abandoned the vessel from fear it would sink, the source said.

 

The men were picked up by a passing yacht where they waited for the coast guard to take them back to shore.
The men were picked up by a passing yacht where they waited for the coast guard to take them back to shore.

They were soon picked up by a passing yacht, where they waited for assistance.

The Sunshine Coast-based RACQ LifeFlight rescue helicopter was tasked by Australian Search and Rescue (AUSSAR) about 5.20am.

When the helicopter was deployed all communication with the charter boat was lost.

The rescue crew spotted the men within half an hour, a spokeswoman said.

The helicopter hovered over the vessels to ensure the fishermen were safe and directed the coast guard to the location.

 

The Sunshine Coast-based RACQ LifeFlight rescue helicopter was tasked early this morning to Wolf Rock, off Double Island Point, where three men were rescued from a fishing charter.
The Sunshine Coast-based RACQ LifeFlight rescue helicopter was tasked early this morning to Wolf Rock, off Double Island Point, where three men were rescued from a fishing charter.

One of the men was suffering from severe sea sickness and spoke to a LifeFlight paramedic over the phone, but did not need treatment.

Volunteers from the coast guard arrived to find the damaged charter awash without 3000 plus litres of water inside. They pumped the water out to prevent the vessel from sinking.

The fishermen were taken to the Tin Can Bay Coast Guard base where they were met by paramedics as a precaution.

The coast guard said they would leave the damaged boat where it was until they liaise with the insurance company.



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