Scott Reibel
Scott Reibel Submitted

Saving lives is law of the sea

SOME say Tin Can Bay fishing boat skipper Scott Reibel should write the big book.

Others say he is already too busy living the part, after some dramatic at-sea rescues over the years, including one off Fraser Island only this week.

"It's part and parcel of being at sea," he said late Thursday, as he steered his vessel, Reward II, through the early evening darkness.

"When someone's in trouble, you have to drop everything."

It is one of the oldest and most serious laws of the sea.

"Once the call's gone out, you do everything possible," he said.

"If the shoe was on the other foot, you'd expect the same in return."

Scott brought three men into Orchid Beach on Monday.

They had spent the night on Scott's fishing trawler after being rescued at sea.

The men, aged in their 50s, were found clinging to the hull of their 5m Whaler Shark Cat on Sunday evening.

"I got the call from Search and Rescue at about 16.43 hours (4.43pm)," Scott told The Gympie Times.

"We had latitude and longitude from their EPIRB (Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon).

"They said they were sending a chopper but could not do a winch rescue in the dark.

"We eventually spotted them, the chopper put a light on them so we wouldn't lose them and we got them on board. There were three survivors on board. We gave them a shower and some tucker," he said.

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