Friday, August 17, 2007
Two men lost at sea off the NSW far north coast have been found by a rescue helicopter clinging to their upturned sailing boat. The men were located three nautical miles off Brunswick Heads after an sea and air search was launched. The men, one aged 26 and the other not known, left from Cudgen Creek near Kingscliff about 6.30pm (AEST) last night in a four-metre sailing boat. Their families raised the alarm about 9.30pm when the pair failed to return home when expected.Two police small planes, four helicopters and four boats took part in the search for the missing boat which was understood to have no life jackets or working navigational lights. The men were located by local rescue helicopter about 7.30am this morning and a volunteer vessel has been dispatched to rescue the men. The crew of the rescue helicopter assessed the situation and decided to winch the men to safety. They are being transported to Tweed Hospital for assessment but their current medical condition is unknown. Police are now deciding if the upturned boat can be recovered from the seas.