Marshall Islands-flagged tanker rescues two people in Torres Strait
After their boat sunk in the Strait of Torres, a Marshall Islands-flagged tanker helped save two people from the sea.
In order to confirm a sighting of two people clinging to a timber plank in the harbour, a coastal pilot on board the tanker Godam contacted Townsville Vessel Traffic Services (VTS).
The position for the sighting was Warraber Reef, about 10 kilometers southeast of Sue Islet. With about 30 knot winds, conditions were rough with two to three meter swells.
Townsville VTS contacted the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) immediately, which tasked the area with its Cairns Challenger search and rescue jet and a Queensland government rescue helicopter.
At around 9 a.m., both aircraft arrived on the scene, at which point in time the tanker's crew had managed to successfully rescue one person from the water. The rescue helicopter saved the second person from the water.
Despite the challengingconditions, the tanker maintained visual contact with both individuals during the rescue mission.
The rescue helicopter transported both survivors to medical facilities on Thursday Island.
At this early point, the cause of the boat sinking is unknown, AMSA said, adding it's assumed the two people had been in the water since Wednesday 4 pm.
Maritime Business World