Scotty Drake and the crew of Jann Tone saved two people on a stranded boat by towing them to safety.
Scotty Drake and the crew of Jann Tone saved two people on a stranded boat by towing them to safety. Robyne Cuerel

Trawler rescues dinghy drifting in darkness

A FISHING trawler has towed two people safely to shore after their dinghy lost power and began drifting in darkness near the Urangan rock wall.

Skipper Scotty Drake and his crew were returning to the harbour on the commercial fishing boat Jann Tone when their radio crackled with the news a small tinny was in strife.

It was about 6.40pm on Wednesday night when the drama unfurled.

Hervey Bay woman Debbie Wilson was standing on the rock wall waiting for the arrival of the fishing trawler, which was due back after five weeks at sea.

"I heard them calling out for help," she said of the man and woman in the tinny.

"They were just saying 'Help, help, help'.

"I said 'Are you alright?'

"They said 'Yes' and I said 'Help is on the way'.

"I couldn't even see them it was so dark."

Mr Drake said he heard news of the stricken boat and began searching for it in the darkness.

His main concern was crashing into it.

"I sort of had the boys at the front with the torch, scanning," he said.

"I was afraid I was going to hit them."

The tinny was located and towed safely back to the marina.

Police were waiting at the scene and spoke to the people involved.

It is not known what caused the dinghy to lose power.
 



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