Saturday 16 December 2017

Boat sinks after 'whale collision'

Three men survived four hours in rough seas off the north-west coast of Australia after their boat collided with a whale
Three men survived four hours in rough seas off the north-west coast of Australia after their boat collided with a whale

Three men survived four hours floating in rough seas off the north-west coast of Australia after their boat collided with what they believe was a whale and sank, officials said.

The men were on a 46ft wooden boat off Exmouth in Western Australia when trouble struck late on Tuesday night, police said.

"They hit something hard, solid - they suspect it's a whale," Western Australia Police Senior Sergeant Greg Trew said.

"They abandoned ship and were in the water for about four hours."

The men, who were wearing lifejackets, sent out a mayday call and set off an emergency beacon.

An oil rig crew that was nearby came to their rescue and plucked them from the churning water about four hours later.

"Horrendous seas out there," Sergeant Trew said. "It was pretty shocking conditions; 35-knot winds and three- to four-meter swells. It was pretty nasty."

The men were all reported to be in good health.

Press Association

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