LIFE Saving Victoria General Manager Lifesaving Services Liam Krige said, “At about 12.20pm on Sunday, January 10, Life Saving Victoria was called to assist five people stranded on Norman island, west of Leonard Point just off the coast of Wilsons Promontory National Park, after their boat ran aground.
Marine search and rescue teams from Waratah Beach Surf Life Saving Club deployed in their offshore rescue boat shortly after, locating the vessel by 2pm, which had washed onto rocks in the rough seas.
Due to the location and prevailing sea conditions preventing the crew from being able to safely perform the rescue, the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Service was deployed to site.
Arriving at about 3pm, the crew successfully winched all five stranded boaters and delivered them safely to Tidal River about 4pm, where they were met by representatives from Parks Victoria.
Their boat could not be safely retrieved.
Thankfully, none of the five boaters or any of the rescue crew sustained injuries in the incident, but it could have just as easily turned out very differently.
Always check the conditions before you head out to sea, wear a life jacket and carry a distress beacon when boating. Your life could depend on it.”