Being prepared pays off for capsized pair

Tamra CarrMidwest Times
File image of a Jurien Bay Volunteer Marine Rescue group boat.
Camera IconFile image of a Jurien Bay Volunteer Marine Rescue group boat. Credit: Supplied

Two men rescued from a capsized boat off the Jurien Bay coast have been praised for making it easy for marine rescue volunteers to locate and save them.

The men, believed to be aged in their 60s and 80s, were pulling cray pots about 2km offshore when a cray pot rope became wrapped around the boat motor, just before 7.30am last Thursday.

The boat subsequently capsized and both men were flung into the water, wearing lifejackets fitted with a personal locator beacon.

Jurien first class constable Tom Clendenning, who is also a volunteer at Jurien Bay Volunteer Marine Rescue Group, said he was able to help as soon as the beacon was activated.

Get in front of tomorrow's news for FREE

Journalism for the curious Australian across politics, business, culture and opinion.


“By the time we got to them, they were in the water conservatively just under an hour,” Const. Clendenning said.

“We got the call at about 7.30am and they weren’t due back until 10am, so they could have been in the water a lot longer.” Const. Clendenning said the fact they had a locator beacon and were wearing lifejackets meant there was no “mucking around,” and rescuers were able to save them quickly.

“It spared a lot of heartache and their wives were very thankful,” he said.

Marine rescue training officer Ian Stiles, pictured, said the men were treated for mild hypothermia but were otherwise fine.

He praised them for being prepared for the unpredictability of the ocean.

“It just goes to show how even experienced people can get into danger,” Mr Stiles said.

WA has had 15 boating fatalities in the past 15 months.

To prevent further tragedies the Department of Transport has created a 30 Second Challenge, to help people gauge whether they can gather flares, EPIRB, make a radio call and put on a lifejacket in 30 seconds.

Get the latest news from thewest.com.au in your inbox.

Sign up for our emails