Scuba divers lost as boat drifts away

March 1, 2008 by Scuba Herald 

Australia - A RESCUE operation is underway off Stradbroke Island after a boat drifted away from three divers this morning. There is concern for the safety of the divers, one of whom is the boat’s skipper, who are trapped in heavy seas off the coast of Point Lookout.

The boat, which has two people on board, drifted away from the men earlier today, with police receiving an alarm about 10am.

A spokesman from Emergency Services Management said the EMQ rescue helicopter had been dispatched to help search for the drifting boat and locate the three divers.

The helicopter will guide police boats to the drifting craft when it is located, and remain in the air to search for the divers and winch them to safety if seas are too rough for police boats to reach them.

“We’ll be keeping an eye out for when they surface,” the spokesman said.

“It may be a difficult retrieval in a 4-metre swell.”

A spokeswoman from police said a distress call was received from the boat, but police were not aware of why the boat had drifted away from the dive site.

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