Waves as ?big as trees? capsize boat at Sandon

By EMMA CORNFORD ecornford@dailyexaminer.com.au

A BOAT capsized in the Sandon River early yesterday morning after a large wave swamped the vessel.

Ambulance officers said the two men aboard the boat were wearing life jackets and managed to swim to safety and raise the alarm at around 6am.

Peter Stace, who lives at Brooms Head but drove to the scene not long after the incident, spoke to two campers named Brad and Wendy, who were called on to help the pair.

"They were woken up by the police and they went to help," Mr Stace said.

"They said the waves had been really big; almost as big as some of those trees there."

A Sandon resident said the boat was a small tinny, more suited to the river than large seas.

Yesterday afternoon the identity of the fishermen was not available, but they were not thought to be locals.

"Any local fishermen would know not to go out in conditions like esterday, I would have thought," Mr Stace said.

"It's only a very narrow river there."

Conditions at the time of the incident were rough, with an east/south east wind blowing at 15 to 20 knots and a easterly swell of around two metres.



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