Australian Fishermen Prove as Best Swimmers

by OldSailor on February 28, 2008


fisherman swim rescue

A fishing trawler with three fishermen sank 15 km (9 miles) off the coast of Byron Bay after hitting a reef in northern New South Wales, Australia on February 27. The fishermen have proved themselves to be the best swimmers.

  • 39 year old Michael Williams reached New Brighton Beach after 12 hours of swimming and raised an alarm for rescue of fellow fishermen.
  • Second fisherman John Jarratt was rescued after 30 hours at sea by a rescue helicopter. He could float at sea with the help of foam cooler called Esky.
  • Third fisherman,40 year old skipper Charlie Picton is yet to be rescued. Massive search operations are going on to rescue him.

Here is the location of Byron Bay where the trawler sank.

Byron Bay

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