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Video: Boaties caught in storm record last will on GoPro

FOUR men were so scared for their lives when a severe thunderstorm hit they recorded their last wills on a GoPro camera.

The men on board Scorpio thought they were going to die when they were fishing in what they are calling now the 'Australia Day 59 knots perfect storm' as it passed over Wistari Reef, near Heron Island off Gladstone.

They were so certain of their fate, some of them used a GoPro camera to record their last words and wills.

The owner of the boat, Paul Druery, said the recorded message directed whoever found the GoPro to return it to their families - if the boat went down.

"I said to the wife, 'My life insurance is with the bank. We all love you guys'," he said.

"That's when thunder happened again and the thunder broke the camera."

The storm lasted for more than an hour and dumped more than eight inches of rain on the fishermen - Mark Milenkovic, Luke Mobbs and Adrien White.

"Before we left we checked all of the weather sites. It was supposed to be nice and fine," Mr Druery said.

"We headed out to Wistari Reef to catch some fish for Australia Day."

THE PERFECT STORM:Onboard the Scorpio in 59 knot winds with four men recording their wills and telling their families they love them.
THE PERFECT STORM:Onboard the Scorpio in 59 knot winds with four men recording their wills and telling their families they love them. Paul Druery

Gladstone Volunteer Marine Rescue crews called to warn them when they were fishing about the severe thunderstorm cell heading their way.

"We tied down a few things and suddenly we were hit by 4-5m waves. We were knocked over four times.

"We took in water and the fly bridge was almost touching the waves.

"We got hit by a tornado spout. It was wild and woolly."

The Scorpio was anchored alongside another boat called the Dark Angel and both were dragged more than 400m while anchored.

"For some reason it didn't push us into the reef or else we would have been wrecked," Mr Druery said.

"We thought we were gone. Now we are going to get a shirt with 'We survived the Australia Day 59 knots perfect storm'."

It wasn't all bad for the men, with 15 fish caught the next day.

The Scorpio is now on the market after strict orders from Mrs Druery.

SURVIVED: The Scorpio and her crew were hit by a storm.
SURVIVED: The Scorpio and her crew were hit by a storm. Paul Druery

 

Topics:  boating, editors picks, gopro, great barrier reef, heron island, outdoor-living, storm




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