Depicted: father and daughter, 16, who barely escaped death by clinging to their capsized catamaran while her grandparents drowned in family tragedy
- Family aboard a catamaran involved in boat tragedy were experienced sailors
- Sydney couple Helen Cooper and Rod Cooper, 78 years old, drowned in a tragedy
- Their son Jeremy Cooper, 50, and his daughter Emma, 16, survived
- Distressed survivors who are released from the hospital while the police wait to talk to them
- A tight boat stays in the rough seas of Newcastle until conditions improve
Three generations of a family aboard a catamaran that capsized and claimed three lives were all experienced sailors, family friends said.
Sydney couple Helen Cooper and Rod Cooper, 78, drowned together with a family friend when their boat capsized in rugged seas 25 miles from Stockton Beach near Newcastle north of Sydney on Thursday.
Their son Jeremy Cooper, 50, and his daughter Emma, 16, appeared to be holding onto the capsized boat and were brought to safety by rescue workers.
They were taken to John Hunter Hospital via an air bridge, suffered from hypothermia and were released from the hospital on Friday morning.
Jeremy Cooper (photo) is one of the two survivors of Thursday's boat tragedy claiming the lives of his elderly parents
A 16-year-old girl and her father clung to a reversed catamaran while three other passengers, including the teenage grandparents, drowned in the rough seas of Newcastle
A family friend named Andrew said the Coopers were all experienced and accomplished sailors.
& # 39; It was falling completely out of the blue. They are a very careful and conservative family, & he said The Daily Telegraph.
The bodies of Mr. and Mrs. Cooper from Glenhaven in northern Sydney were finally recovered by Marine Rescue, along with the body of a man from the Central Coast.
The 11.7 meter catamaran had left Shoal Bay earlier on Thursday and headed south towards Ettalong Beach on the Central Coast.
Emma Cooper, 16, (photo) was found holding onto the toppled catamaran with her father
The bodies of the couple Helen Cooper and Rod Cooper, both 78 years old, were taken out of the water on Thursday by Marine Rescue with a family friend
Westpac Rescue Helicopter pilot Graeme Anderson said the girl and her father were upset and shocked when they were rescued.
& # 39; The conditions there were really, really poor. Strong winds, big waves. You know, we were lucky we were there to get them, & he said.
It is unknown how the boat capsized and the police were still waiting to talk to survivors.
& # 39; Our investigators spoke to them last night and they were very upset & # 39 ;, Chief Inspector Grant Healey told Channel Seven & # 39; s Sunrise on Friday morning.
& # 39; We're going to see them today. & # 39;
According to the authorities, all five people wore life jackets.
The affected catamaran will remain at Newcastle sea until conditions improve
While the police are preparing a report for the coroner, the boat hit remains at sea while the authorities wait for better conditions to pick it up.
A strong wind warning was issued for the region and remains in place for the Hunter, Macquarie, Sydney, Illawarra and Batemans Bay on Saturday.
& # 39; The conditions were difficult, we had 25 to 30 knots of western winds with a sea of one to two meters coming the other way, so it was pretty messy out there, & # 39; said Supt Healy.
& # 39; It is now capsized and drifting from Newcastle. It is not in a position where we can still restore it or save it.
& # 39; When we get favorable weather conditions, an attempt will be made to save the boat. & # 39;
An elderly couple from Sydney died during the boat tragedy along with a man from the Central Coast
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