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Four men cling to eskies when their boat sank in deep water off the central coast of NSW

Four men are rescued after holding eskies for hours when their boat sank in deep water on a fishing trip off the coast of NSW and used their last flare

  • Footage from the rescue showed the four men playing dice up and down with the tide
  • Their boat sank within two minutes, stranding them for an hour
  • The sailors used their last torch to attract the attention of a passing ship

Four men were rescued from the icy ocean after clinging to two eskies for hours after their boat capsized.

Footage from this week’s rescue, taken near Nelson Bay, north of the NSW Central Coast, showed the men bobbing up and down with the tide while holding the coolers.

“Where’s your boat?” someone from the rescue team asked. “At the bottom,” one of the sailors replied.

Footage from the rescue showed the men bobbing up and down with the tide while holding the coolers

Footage from the rescue showed the men bobbing up and down with the tide while holding the coolers

The boaties were fishing when their ship suddenly fell over in the 5-foot swell.

The men scrambled to fire the emergency beacon and grabbed everything they could before jumping overboard to avoid getting sucked under it.

“Two minutes and the boat was gone,” said Noah Hamilton 9 News.

While the Eskies bobbed above the surface, the quick-thinking men grabbed them and used them as flotation devices.

‘You have to think quickly. Empty the boat and get the most important things, ”said Mr. Hamilton.

Pictured: two of the four fishermen, Moritz Mutscheller (left) and Noah Hamilton (right)

Pictured: two of the four fishermen, Moritz Mutscheller (left) and Noah Hamilton (right)

Pictured: two of the four fishermen, Moritz Mutscheller (left) and Noah Hamilton (right)

Emergency services were on their way after being alerted to the incident by the emergency beacon, but another boat appeared on the horizon.

After an hour of floating in the icy ocean, the men used their last torch.

“We used our last one when we saw it, and luckily they just saw it in the swell,” a second fisherman, Moritz Mutscheller, told the network.

The men and the squadrons returned to shore, but the boat was not found.

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