Men spend six hours swimming to safety

Three men spent about six hours swimming to shore after their boat capsized in Jervis Bay on Saturday afternoon.

Jervis Bay

Jervis Bay

Two Canberra men, aged 34 and 35, and a 34-year-old Queensland man left Murrays Beach boat ramp, Jervis Bay, in a 4.1-metre boat to go fishing about 4.15pm.

Police said the boat started taking on water near Longnose Point, Jervis Bay.

The men tried to head back towards the Murrays Beach boat ramp, however the boat took on more water, resulting in it capsizing west of Bowen Island.

All three men were able to put lifejackets on but strong winds meant the men were blown to the northern side of Jervis Bay where they reached shore after spending an estimated six hours in the water. The trio then walked to Honeymoon Bay camping ground where emergency services were alerted.

The men were treated by paramedics for hypothermia and minor cuts before being taken to Shoalhaven District Hospital.

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


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