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Men stranded off the coast of Australia after their catamaran capsized and revealed how they survived

Two friends stranded in shark-infested waters off the coast of Australia after their catamaran capsized, revealing how they survived before being taken out of the water dramatically

  • Two sailors were stranded in shark-infested waters after their boat capsized
  • Samuel Martel and Guy Sherro’s catamaran capsized off the coast of Brisbane
  • They were stranded midway between King and Green Island in Moreton Bay
  • When it got dark, Mr. Martel and Mr. Sherro released a flare that saved their lives
  • The pair turned their boat around before the coastguard arrived shortly after

Two sailors stranded in shark-infested waters after their boat capsized at dusk thought they were done when their distress signal went unnoticed.

The two-man catamaran of Samuel Martel and Guy Sherro capsized six kilometers off the coast of Brisbane in rough waters on Tuesday evening.

They were stranded in Moreton Bay halfway between King and Green Island.

“The boat was still upside down and we were in the water and by that time it was getting dark, it was dim, so we tried to keep sharks out of the water as much as possible,” said Mr. Martel. The courier post.

“Being so upside down in the water for so long we started to realize (the boat) was getting lower and lower, so if we were out too long it wouldn’t have been too big for us.”

Samuel Martel and Guy Sherro's two-person catamaran capsized six kilometers off the coast of Brisbane in rugged waters on Tuesday evening

Samuel Martel and Guy Sherro’s two-person catamaran capsized six kilometers off the coast of Brisbane in rugged waters on Tuesday evening

When darkness began to fall around 5 p.m., Mr. Martel and Mr. Sherro decided to fire an eruption in a last ditch to warn a rescue crew

When darkness began to fall around 5 p.m., Mr. Martel and Mr. Sherro decided to fire an eruption in a last ditch to warn a rescue crew

When darkness started to fall around 5:00 PM, Mr. Martel and Mr. Sherro decided to fire off in a last ditch to warn a rescue crew

When darkness started to fall around 5:00 PM, Mr. Martel and Mr. Sherro decided to fire an eruption in a last ditch to warn a rescue crew.

“We actually deployed it on a ship approaching us, so we certainly thought they would see it and save us, but they went on,” said Martel.

But the torch caught the attention of a mysterious bystander who walked 6 km down the coast. They immediately called for help.

Samuel Martel (photo) is an experienced Brisbane sailor

Samuel Martel (photo) is an experienced Brisbane sailor

Samuel Martel (photo) is an experienced Brisbane sailor

Guy Sherro (left) and his friend Samuel Martel thanked the unknown person who saw the flash of light for warning them

Guy Sherro (left) and his friend Samuel Martel thanked the unknown person who saw the flash of light for warning them

Guy Sherro (left) and his friend Samuel Martel thanked the unknown person who saw the flash of light for warning them

Martel praised the Coast Guard’s response, with rescuers arriving at their capsized boat in minutes.

The pair had been stranded for less than an hour, but said their minds were racing as both began to fear the worst.

The Brisbane Coast Guard thanked the unknown person who saw the flash of light for warning.

“Thanks to the member of the public who saw the flare and gave the police an accurate description of the location,” said a statement.

They also said the rescue acted as a warning to always pack safety equipment.

“They were quickly located because they had the right safety equipment on board and knew how to use it. A timely reminder not to go without it, “said a spokesman.

The pair had only been stranded for about 45 minutes before the Brisbane Coast Guard rescued them

The pair had only been stranded for about 45 minutes before the Brisbane Coast Guard rescued them

The pair had only been stranded for about 45 minutes before the Brisbane Coast Guard rescued them

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