South Coast boat capsize: men spend six hours in water

Three men swum for six hours to reach the shore after their boat capsized in Jervis Bay on Saturday afternoon. 

Three men left the Murray’s Beach Boat Ramp in a 4.1 metre boat to go fishing at 4.15pm.

Police said the boat started taking on water near Longnose Point and the men tried to head back towards the boat ramp but capsized near Bowen Island.

The men put life jackets on and started swimming to shore but strong winds meant saw them blown to the northern side of Jervis Bay where they reached shore after spending about six hours in the water. 

The men then walked to Honeymoon Bay Camping Ground where emergency services were called.

Paramedics treated the men for hypothermia and minor cuts before they were transported to Shoalhaven Hospital in a stable condition. 

The boat washed up ashore near Honeymoon Bay on Sunday morning.

File picture.

File picture.