Paky man rescued

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A Pakenham man was treated at the scene of a rescue after his boat partially sank and capsized in Western Port Bay on Monday night.

The 28-year-old was with another man and a seven-year-old boy who were returning to Stony Point after an evening of ‘night fishing’ when their boat struck a sandbank at about 11.15pm.

The quick-thinking skipper made a distress call on VHF marine radio, let off a number of red flares and activated an emergency position-indicating radio beacon which was being carried on board.

All three emergency methods helped alert emergency services to the position of the stricken vessel and they were soon located by the Victoria Police Air Wing, about three nautical miles offshore.

The fishermen were rescued by Volunteer Marine Rescue after spending over an hour in the water in life jackets and were conveyed back to dry land at Stony Point.

A 43-year-old Boronia man was taken to hospital as a precaution, while the Pakenham man and the boy, also from Boronia, were treated at the scene.

Police will investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Originally published at Pakenham Gazette.

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About Alana Mitchelson

Alana Mitchelson is a journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Follow her on Twitter at @AlanaMitchelson.

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