Hopetoun rescue after fishing vessel sinks

Two men have been rescued overnight, February 23, after their fishing vessel began taking on water 15 nautical miles off Hopetoun.

AMSA’s Rescue Coordination Centre in Canberra advised WA Police Force of an EPIRB activation off Hopetoun about 12:15am on Saturday, February 23.

The EPIRB was registered to the liferaft of a 17.7m fishing vessel.

The local response was coordinated by Hopetoun police, with AMSA deploying their Challenger Rescue Jet to the area, and volunteers from Hopetoun Sea Search & Rescue Group deployed a rescue vessel with an officer on board.

An emergency ‘000’ call was received from the skipper of the vessel, who advised he and his crew member were in a liferaft.

The two men, a 54-year-old man and an 18-year-old man, were located in a liferaft by Hopetoun Sea Search & Rescue Group about 3.00am.

The men told the search team their fishing vessel had sunk after taking on water but the men were able to deploy the liferaft and activate the EPIRB.

The men were rescued and taken to the Hopetoun Pier where St John Ambulance conducted a medical assessment as a precaution.