GRACELAND1216 Posted August 17, 2007 Report Share Posted August 17, 2007 Man clings to upturned catamaran overnight. The mother of a man who spent almost 14 hours clinging to his overturned catamaran says she's incredibly relieved he is safe and well. Joel Wilson, 26, a father of two young children from Kingscliff, on the New South Wales north coast, and his friend set out from Cudgen Creek near Kingscliff yesterday afternoon on their 4m catamaran. Mr Wilson's mother, Michelle Green, said the young men hit trouble about an hour before sunset when the sailing boat overturned. "They were riding a wave (when they capsized)," she said. "Then they couldn't right it." They kept trying to right the boat until it was too dark to see properly and were forced to give up the attempt. Ms Green raised the alarm when her son had not returned by 9.30pm (AEST). "It was a hell of a night, sitting up worrying, not knowing what happened out there," she said. "I'm incredibly relieved." Two police aircraft, four helicopters and four boats searched for the missing men and their boat, which had no navigational lights. "They were stuck there (in the water) all night, drifting," Ms Green said. Joel and his friend, identified only as 25-year-old Scott, from Ashgrove in Brisbane, were finally located about 7.30am (AEST). Both were clinging to the catamaran's upturned hull about 6km off Brunswick Heads, 30km south of where they set off. The men were winched to safety and taken to the Tweed Hospital this morning where they were treated for minor dehydration before being released about noon, police said. The catamaran was towed back to Brunswick Heads harbour by the local volunteer rescue force. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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