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Two deaths after boat capsizes

TRAGEDY hit Port Fairy last Sunday when two people died in a boating accident near the Port Fairy Golf Club.

The couple from Warrnambool suffered cardiac arrests after swimming 50 metres to the shore when the four metre boat they were in capsized.

Their son had earlier swam to shore to raise the alarm after the boat's engine cut out.

Port Surf Life Saving Club member Paul Buchanan said club members were some of the first emergency services on the scene.

The club is very proud of the effort of our members Scott Hetherington and Luke Hamilton who attended the scene in our IRB, giving CPR to one of the victims for 25 minutes until ambulance officers were able to take over," Mr Buchanan said.

"This tragic incident again highlights the important role surf lifesaving has in supporting our community and our other emergency services."

Sergeant Mick Wolfe, from Port Fairy police, called on people going into the water to do so safely.

"It's just like being on the road. People just need to take heed of the conditions and to make sure the equipment they have is in good condition," Sergeant Wolfe said.

 

ANTHONY BRADY 2012, ARTICLE: Two deaths after boat capsizes 29 Nov, 2012 12:30 AM. [The Moyne Gazette online]. Available at www.moynegazette.au/ [Accessed 03 December 2012]
ANTHONY BRADY 2012, IMAGE: Port Fairy beach. [The Moyne Gazette online]. Available at www.moynegazette.au [Accessed 03 December 2012]