Fisherman are winched to safety by a rescue helicopter after being trapped in chest-deep mud when their boat sank in crocodile-infested waters
- Two fishermen were trapped in chest-deep mud after their boat sank in WA
- They had to be winched to safety by a rescue helicopter as the sun began to set
- Police say the pair are lucky to be alive with sunlight fading, limiting abilities
Two men are lucky to be alive after being stranded in crocodile-infested waters when their boat sank.
The pair had been fishing off the Kimberly Coast, in Western Australia on Saturday afternoon when the dinghy they were in began taking on water.
They were rescued by a commercial helicopter as the sun began to set after people on the beach spotted the men struggling about 700 metres from the shore.
Two men had to be rescued after their boat sank near Crab Creek, 20 kilometres from Broome, as a 9.8 metre tide was on the way, police said
The pair had to be winched from chest-deep mud, ABC reported.
They were stuck near Crab Creek, 20 kilometres from Broome as a 9.8 metre tide was on the way, police said.
‘With sunlight fading there was only a small window of opportunity to use the commercial rescue helicopter for a winching operation,’ a police spokesman said.
‘Had that helicopter not been available it would have been a much more prolonged rescue operation, and with the hazards in place such as the mud and crocodiles there were many potential outcomes that could have been seen.’
They were rescued by a commercial helicopter as the sun began to set after people on the beach spotted the men struggling about 700 metres from the shore