Twenty Indonesian fishermen are rescued from a sinking boat off the coast of Western Australia
- Twenty Indonesian fishermen rescued from a submerged boat off the coast of Western Australia
- After being stranded at sea for days, the Japanese fishing vessel assisted the crew on Saturday
- Men were later transferred to HMAS Anzac and received medical treatment
- A 33-year-old crew member is taken to hospital after an injury
Twenty Indonesian fishermen have been rescued from a submerged boat following a coordinated response from a Japanese fishing vessel and the Australian authorities.
The ship sank 670 nautical miles west of the coast of Perth, Western Australia on Thursday, when Indonesian authorities notified the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).
After being stranded at sea for days on end, the Japanese fishing vessel FUKUSEKI MARU arrived on Saturday to assist the crew, which was then transferred to HMAS Anzac.
Twenty Indonesian fishermen were rescued from a submerged boat off the coast of Western Australia (photo)
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority has dropped life jackets to fishermen and the ADF life rafts used with the crew on Friday.
A 33-year-old man had suffered serious hand injuries and was taken by helicopter to Fiona Stanley Hospital in Murdoch, Western Australia for further treatment.
Mark Morrow, executive director of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, said the rescue mission was an ‘incredible achievement’ by everyone involved.
“Yesterday, the Japanese fishing vessel FUKUSEKI MARU 15 reached the Indonesian fishermen, whose boat was sinking, and was able to help the people on board,” said Mr Morrow.
Their quick response contributed to the success of this time-sensitive mission.
After being stranded at sea for days, the Japanese fishing vessel assisted the crew on Saturday and was later transferred to HMAS Anzac (pictured)
HMAS Anzac was then able to arrive with medical and interpreting support for the rescued fishermen.
‘Successfully saving 20 lives at sea is an incredible achievement that all authorities can be proud of. We appreciate the assistance of the Australian Defense Force and FV FUKUSEKI MARU 15 in this search and rescue mission. ‘
Defense Secretary Peter said HMAS Anzac was hours away from docking after a recent mission while families waited on the dock – before the ship was diverted.
“I also want to acknowledge the patience and goodwill of the families of Anzac’s crew, who are now waiting longer to see their loved ones after a long deployment,” he said.
“We’ll have your sailors back with you as soon as possible.
Their efforts in bad weather and on the high seas should make all Australians proud. They helped save 20 lives. ‘