Monday, May 16, 2005
A sailor is the in hospital in Townsville after surviving 13 hours in the water off Bowen Australia, in north Queensland. The 41-year-old sailor fell overboard from the 80-metre tanker, the Barrington, about midnight on Saturday. He was reported missing at 10:00am AEST yesterday, and the Australian Search and Rescue started a search operation. A group of recreational fishermen found the sailor 20 nautical miles north-east of Bowen several hours later, and he was airlifted to safety aboard a Queensland Rescue helicopter. The sailor was suffering hypothermia, dehydration and a suspected broken arm.