Good Samaritans have plucked two fishermen from rough seas off Kiama after their boat sank, leaving the men stranded.
The men, who are brothers, were found holding onto an esky, which allowed them to stay afloat.
Shortly after leaving Kiama, the pair noticed the boat had run out of petrol and, almost immediately after, the boat began to sink for an unknown reason.
Emergency services including water police, surf life savers and a Port Kembla Marine Rescue boat responded around 2.10pm on Sunday, however were all stood down before arriving on scene.
A NSW police spokesman said the medium-sized fishing vessel sunk around 150 metres south of the Kiama Blowhole.
He said crew aboard the ‘‘Shelly’’ rescued the men and brought them to Kiama Harbour where they were assessed by paramedics.
The men were reportedly ‘‘wet and embarrassed’’, but had sustained no major injuries.
Surf Life Saving NSW South Coast branch duty officer Rhyse Dawson said lifeguards were quick to respond.
‘‘Life savers from the Kiama jet rescue boat responded very quickly - we were on scene within eight minutes and found the boat sinking,’’ he said.
‘‘They were very lucky a passing fishing boat was close by and managed to pick the two occupants out of water before the Kiama jet boat got there.’’
The boat is expected to remain under water until the owners are able to retrieve it.