Yesterday, Water Police Gladstone and Maritime Safety Queensland responded to a call for assistance after Volunteer Marine Rescue Round Hill received advice that a group of campers had become stranded when their boat capsized returning from a fishing trip.
The group had been returning from a fishing trip on Monday night to celebrate one of the passengers seventh birthday when the vessel experienced some electrical issues resulting in it being thrown up onto the rocks at Clews Point, Bustard Head where it capsized.
Luckily, the QPS rigid-hulled inflatable boat located four men and the 7-year-old boy at the camp ground near Pancake Creek.
The group were transported back to Agnes Water where they were reunited with anxious family and friends.
Fortunately, no one was seriously injured.
Despite the ordeal, the 7-year-old was much more concerned about losing his new thongs and the large fish he had caught than the drama surrounding the vessel capsizing.
Police would like to remind boaties to log on and off with local marine rescue stations and regularly inspect their vessels safety equipment and electronics.
I’m sure this will be a birthday he remembers!
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