Terrified father remembers the moment his fishing boat capsized in shark-stricken waters

A father told how he considered diving into the depths of the ocean if he couldn't keep his young son alive during a seven-hour fight to survive off the coast of Australia.

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Maike Hohnen took his seven-year-old son Julian and friend Stephen Jeacocke for a fishing trip off the Sunshine Coast in June when their boat capsized and sank in almost freezing shark-infested waters.

The trio told it Sunday night they set out on their overnight trip in a small fishing boat and anchored nine kilometers off the coast of Caloundra, where they slept the night after a day of fishing as planned.

Maike Hohnen (top) decided to take his seven-year-old son Julian (bottom) and his friend Stephen Jeacocke for a short fishing trip on the Sunshine Coast in June when their boat sank while they slept

Maike Hohnen (top) decided to take his seven-year-old son Julian (bottom) and his friend Stephen Jeacocke for a short fishing trip on the Sunshine Coast in June when their boat sank while they slept

& # 39; At night, the rope attached to the anchor wound itself around the propeller and gradually dragged the boat under the surface until it capsized – trapping the father and son under it in the middle of the night.

The two escaped, but the boat was submerged with their life jackets, emergency beacons and torches on board.

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But two 15-liter buckets floated to the surface.

& # 39; We just clung to that 15-liter bucket that I had picked up for free from a construction site. I just thought, "Oh, it will come in handy someday," said Mr. Hohnen.

Mr. Jeacocke was able to call 000 on the father's phone before it went out.

& # 39; (It was) enough to tell them we didn't have life jackets, we float on buckets, we're in the 9-mile fishing area of ​​Caloundra and … In short, that was the phone call. That's all we got out of it, & he said.

During the night the rope attached to the anchor had wound itself around the propeller and gradually dragged the small boat (pictured left) below the surface

During the night the rope attached to the anchor had wound itself around the propeller and gradually dragged the small boat (pictured left) below the surface

During the night the rope attached to the anchor had wound itself around the propeller and gradually dragged the small boat (pictured left) below the surface

Adding their despair, Mr. Jeacocke had just caught an 80kg shark just weeks earlier at the exact spot where they were floating.

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Mr. Jeacocke, who weighed more than 200 kilograms, clung to one of the buckets while the father and son hung on the other while they were lashed by the surf.

Julian swallowed water continuously for several hours and went mad when his father desperately tried to keep him awake.

& # 39; If he stops breathing, I just let go of the bucket … I don't want to live myself. I wouldn't want to live without my son, & he said.

Mr. Jeacocke said that while the waiting hours continued, Mr. Hohnen was having a hard time and his son was completely unresponsive.

Stephen Jeacocke, who weighed more than 200 kilograms, clung to one of the buckets while the father and son hung on the other while being hit by the surf for nearly seven hours

Stephen Jeacocke, who weighed more than 200 kilograms, clung to one of the buckets while the father and son hung on the other while being hit by the surf for nearly seven hours

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Stephen Jeacocke, who weighed more than 200 kilograms, clung to one of the buckets while the father and son hung on the other while being hit by the surf for nearly seven hours

& # 39; In my mind I think: & # 39; No, I don't want to lose them. & # 39; You know, "How can I prevent them from sinking to the bottom?" I intend to pull the cord around my sweater and tie it to them and tie it to the buckets to … so if they die, at least I know where they are. They don't miss out on the sea forever, you know? & # 39; he said.

A nearby cargo ship had seen the three fishermen and instructed the Mooloolaba Coast Guard to pick them up by helicopter.

They guided the boy to paramedics who found him without any sign of life.

& # 39; When the … diver came to us, I don't know if I said or thought so, but actually just: & # 39; Take my boy. Get him out of here & # 39 ;, said Mr. Hohnen. .

Hohnen gave his lifeless child to the coast guard who rolled up and resuscitated the boy before he came into a coma
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Hohnen gave his lifeless child to the coast guard who rolled up and resuscitated the boy before he came into a coma

Hohnen gave his lifeless child to the coast guard who rolled up and resuscitated the boy before he came into a coma

Paramedic Elliot Bates said: & He was dead. He had no heartbeat, no heartbeat. He wasn't breathing. Technically, this child is dead. & # 39;

Paramedics desperately performed CPR on the boy and brought him back to life.

He got into an 18-hour coma for fear of the doctor that he would die – or wake up with extensive brain damage.

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Incredibly Julian fully recovered and is fishing again.

& # 39; Not only can he hear that he has done so well, but (to) be able to see him upright today, run around, hear the story of (how) he fished and he would like to come back to find more parrot fish, it makes the work all worth it, & said Mr. Bates.

The tenacity and immediate attraction to fishing does not come as a surprise to mom, Susan Cork, who joked & you can't sink cork, they float.

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