Monday, October 15, 2007

Man Found After 15 Hours At Sea

A man has been found alive after apparently clinging to a fuel tank for up to 15 hours in the sea off Perth following a boating acccident. The 37-year-old man was found on a beach just after 1am (WST) near Yanchep Lagoon, about 25km from Perth. It was about 15km from where a man, 39, and his son, about 14 - who were missing from the same boat - were also found alive. The body of a 23-year-old man who was also aboard was found last night about 1.8km off the coastal community of Yanchep.The four were aboard a 5.5m cabin cruiser which failed to return to the Mindarie Quays, in Perth's northern suburbs, at 5pm yesterday. The 37-year-old survivor was suffering exhaustion and hypothermia, said Sergeant Graham Clifford. The man was believed to have clung to a fuel tank while floating in the water for 12 to 15 hours, Sgt Clifford said. He was in intensive care at Royal Perth Hospital.

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