Happy Ending – Search and Rescue, Whitsundays

Two men stranded after their vessel ran aground on rocks near Whitsunday Island have been located.

whitos boat rescueAt the height of Cyclone Debbie, the pair were able to send an SOS E-mail message to loved ones in NSW who alerted local Police and authorities.

As conditions allowed, Rescue operations swung into action.

The crew from a water police vessel sighted the men and were able to see that they were safe and well.

A police rigid-hulled inflatable boat (RHIB) was deployed and whilst alongside the stricken vessel, the men aboard were able to lower themselves down into the RHIB.

The men have now been taken to Shute Harbour by police.