Four rescued from sinking boat at McLoughlins Beach

AN air ambulance helicopter has rescued four people from the water near McLoughlins Beach.

The Latrobe Valley based helicopter and paramedics from Yarram and Sale were called to McLoughlins beach at 8am Friday morning after the three adults and a child ended up in the water when their boat started sinking.

Intensive care flight paramedic Ben Meadley was winched down from the ambulance helicopter to rescue the group.

“As we were overhead I could see two people who didn’t have life jackets on were still in the boat, and two others wearing life jackets were clinging to the boat,” he said.

“There were large waves sweeping over the boat and over the four people.

“The four were quite cold and shivering and had been in the water for about 30 minutes.

“The group was taken to waiting ambulance paramedics on the shore.”

One of the four was suffering mild hypothermia. They were treated by paramedics but didn’t need hospital treatment.

As the ambulance helicopter was returning to its base, it was dispatched to a report of two surfers caught in a trip in Mallacoota. Luckily the surfers were able to make their way to shore safely.

Mr Meadley urged people to take care in the water over the weekend.

“If you are around water, take care and stay away from alcohol,” he said.

“Make sure you have an emergency beacon like an EPIRB, plenty of food and water, sunscreen, and life jackets for everyone on the boat.

“It’s also important to let someone know where you are going and when you are expected to return.”