Their boat sank within one minute in relatively calm seas, about 10km off North Head, shortly after 8am (AEDT) on Thursday. Riley Smiles and Ryan Matthews, both 11, were asleep on swags on the boat’s flybridge when Riley’s father Scott noticed black smoke coming out of the exhaust about three hours after they had left Botany Bay on a fishing trip.
Mr. Smiles made sure everyone had a lifejacket as water filled the engine bay, grabbing an emergency beacon and an esky before they jumped into the water. The EPIRB beacon was activated at 8.30am (AEDT) and they were found by a Westpac Rescue Helicopter 45 minutes later, five nautical miles (9.2km) from North Head.
All four were rescued when the helicopter dropped a Switlik SAR-6 life raft into the water, before a water launch arrived a short time later. Rescue helicopter chief executive Steve Leahy said the boat had sunk very quickly, leaving no signs of debris.
The Switlik SAR-6 is our military grade air-droppable blue water offshore life raft, and is the raft of choice of professional search and rescue teams around the world. We’re so happy that a Switlik was able to help save the lives of the two young boys.
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