Australian yachtsman rescued after spending hours clinging to a beacon within the ocean



(CNN) — An Australian sailor has been rescued after being discovered clinging to a beacon within the Pacific Ocean.

David Simpson, 64, was thrown from his boat when a powerful wave hit the vessel close to Caloundra, on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, CNN affiliate 9News reported.

He watched as his boat — together with his canine on board — floated away, after which managed to swim round half a mile to a water beacon, the place he waited to be pushed up by a wave with a view to cling to to the beacon’s ladder.

The man was discovered on a beacon at sea.

The person was found on a beacon at sea.

From Caloundra Volunteer Coast Guard – QF4/Fb

“The wave hit the facet of the boat and I used to be making an attempt to safe the dinghy which had come a bit of bit adrift and a rope broke holding the dinghy,” Simpson informed 9News. “The dinghy hit me… and I fell about 2.5, 3 meters on my ribs and off the boat.”

One other sailor later found the unmanned vessel with the motor nonetheless operating and canine on board, and alerted authorities.

Simpson mentioned he tried to draw consideration in any means he may, and even took his shorts off to wave them round. “Possibly that is why no one stopped, as a result of I used to be bare,” he mentioned.

Three hours after the alarm was raised, Simpson was discovered by a helicopter, which noticed him at nighttime 1.6 miles away from his vessel.

“He is a really fortunate man to have the ability to get to that beacon,” Ian Hunt, commander of the Mooloolaba coastguard, informed 9News.

Simpson’s canine, a Staffordshire bull terrier referred to as Mitch, was rescued by a crew of surf lifesavers, Surf Lifesaving Queensland mentioned.

The Mooloolaba coastguard mentioned Wednesday that makes an attempt to retrieve the now-grounded vessel are ongoing.



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