Local man saved at sea
A SEARCH and rescue team battled choppy waters and heavy sea mist to save a Hervey Bay man and his dog on Thursday night after his boat smashed up against a sand bar.
Hervey Bay water police signalled the alarm after the man's emergency beacon was activated about 9.30pm.
Members of Hervey Bay's Volunteer Marine Rescue and AGL Rescue Helicopter crews joined forces to find the man who had become stranded on the Pelican Banks, 20 miles off Urangan.
When the rescue chopper could not reach the man due to the sea mist and the down draught that it would have caused, VMR crews were called.
They reached the distraught man about 11pm.
Hervey Bay VMR Commodore Tom Hudson said yesterday he believed the man, who had poor eyesight, misunderstood the light signals.
“When we got there the boat was half filled with water,” Mr Hudson said
“The conditions were tough too.”
Yesterday the battered boat was floated and towed back to the Urangan Boat Harbour.
A strong wind warning remains current for Fraser Coast waters.