Two men have been rescued after their boat upturned south of Cape Sorell on Thursday.
Constable Wayne Bradford said Strahan Marine Police responded to a distress call about 8.30am, with reports the men were in the area of Edwards Bay and floating out to sea.
The police vessel Pillara III responded from Strahan and travelled to search the area.
The 4.5 metre upturned aluminum boat was quickly located, with the two men clinging to it.
They were taken aboard the police vessel uninjured.
It is understood the men had been diving in the area.
“I’d like to thank Tassal and Gordon River Cruises for providing their vessels, as well as the paying passengers on Spirit of the Wild that detoured from their cruise route to assist police in the search,” Constable Bradford said.
“The stricken vessel was carrying all the required safety equipment, but it was not readily accessible.
“Although the accident was caused by a rogue wave, the prevailing fair conditions assisted greatly with the location and rescue of the persons involved.
“Had the sea conditions been more difficult, the lack of access to the safety equipment would likely have impeded rescue attempts.
“Too often when I’m checking vessels safety equipment, it isn’t readily accessible.
“These fishermen were relatively experienced boaters and they still had a serious misadventure.
I’d urge all fishers that travel to the West Coast to be extra mindful of the conditions over here, and make sure that the required safety equipment is not only carried on board, but kept in a readily accessible location.”
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