Fisheries & Fish Industry

Two men, boy rescued from Western Port Bay after capsizing on night fishing trip

Two men, boy rescued from Western Port Bay after capsizing on night fishing trip

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Two men and a young boy were pulled from the water in Western Port Bay after their boat capsized and partially sank while fishing at night. 

The trio were rescued after their boat struck a sand bank about 11.15pm on Monday night as they returned to Stony Point from a fishing trip.

Two men and a young boy were pulled from the water in Western Port Bay after the boat sank. Two men and a young boy were pulled from the water in Western Port Bay after the boat sank. Photo: Courtesy Nine News

A 43-year-old Boronia man, a 28-year-old Pakenham man and the boy, also from Boronia, spent an hour in the water after the skipper made a distress call, released flares and activated a radio beacon.

Victoria Police airwing helped find the group about three nautical miles (5.5km) from shore.

A boy is treated at the scene after a boat he was on sank while night fishing. A boy is treated at the scene after a boat he was on sank while night fishing. Photo: Nine News

Volunteer Marine Rescue rescued the fishermen and took them back to dry land.

The 43-year-old was taken to hospital as a precaution. The other two were treated at the scene.

Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.

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