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View of the overturned boat from the rescue helicopter. Photo Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter
View of the overturned boat from the rescue helicopter. Photo Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter

Two fishermen will be thanking their lucky stars after they were rescued by passing vessels this afternoon when their own boat capsized off Broken Head.

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter was called to search for the occupants after their boat overturned five nautical miles off the coast.

The pilot spotted the boat with one of the occupants sitting on top of it.

Several passing vessels joined the search and assisted in retrieving him.

The second occupant of the boat had been flung into the water and was found by another passing vessel clinging to a floating eskyt.

Both fishermen were brought to shore on board the vessels that picked them up.

In a separate incident, a fisherman who disappeared from his boat at Evans Head on Sunday remains missing, feared drowned.


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