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'I don't want to die': How fishing trip off Coalcliff took a terrifying turn

Nadine Morton
Updated April 30 2024 - 6:14am, first published April 29 2024 - 4:42pm
(from left) Logan Banek, James Connelly and Stuart Perry were rescued after their shark fishing boat sank off Coalcliff on Saturday, April 27, 2024. Picture by Westpac Rescue Helicopter
(from left) Logan Banek, James Connelly and Stuart Perry were rescued after their shark fishing boat sank off Coalcliff on Saturday, April 27, 2024. Picture by Westpac Rescue Helicopter

The panicked faces of his friend and his friend's child as they were trapped in an upturned, sinking boat has been seared into James Connelly's memory forever.

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Nadine Morton

Nadine Morton

Senior journalist

Nadine Morton covers emergency services and breaking news for the Illawarra Mercury. She takes pride in regional journalism which she believes is crucial to informing our towns and cities. Have a story? Email her at nadine.morton@austcommunitymedia.com.au

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