THREE MEN have been rescued after a Marine Search and Rescue operation about five nautical miles off the coast of Jurien Bay this morning, after spending around 11 hours in the sea.
Police received a notification from the Rescue Coordination Centre in Canberra just after 7.30am that an EPIRB had been activated off the coast of Jurien Bay.
The WA Water Police Coordination Centre immediately initiated a search plan which involved a number of resources including the local Jurien Bay Police, RAC Rescue Helicopter, Police Air Wing and the Jurien Bay Volunteer Sea Rescue Group.
A number of commercial vessels were contacted via radio to see if any were in the area and could help with the search, one of which responded and assisted with the search.
The three men were located about 9:30am and rescued from the water.
It has since been discovered the men went fishing about 9:30pm last night and their dinghy capsized about 10:30pm. Due to the darkness the men were not able to locate their life jackets or EPIRB.
After spending the night at sea one of the men noticed the EPIRB in the water and activated it.
By 9:30am all three men had been rescued and were suffering from mild hypothermia.
A police spokesperson said the three men were lucky to be alive, and this incident should serve as a reminder to other boat users about their safety at sea.
Here is a list of things boat users should do before embarking on a trip.
• Have a registered EPIRB so that emergency information can be obtained once the EPIRB is activated.
• Know how to use emergency equipment on board their boat (flares, life jackets, EPIRB).
• Log on and log off with local volunteer marine rescue service groups where possible.
• Advise family and/or friends of their intended trip route and when they are expecting to return to land.
• Have appropriate communications to contact emergency services (mobile phone, marine radio, etc.)
• If going to sea at night ensure there is sufficient lighting and that the vessel is suitable.