German backpackers Silke Pinkofsky and her partner, Sebastian Dannheim, were waiting in vain for a couple of days on Lady Musgrave Island before they were rescued by seadog’s Shane Leavy, Andrew Sanders and his uncle, Jon Sanders.
German backpackers Silke Pinkofsky and her partner, Sebastian Dannheim, were waiting in vain for a couple of days on Lady Musgrave Island before they were rescued by seadog’s Shane Leavy, Andrew Sanders and his uncle, Jon Sanders. Chrissy Harris

Castaways sail off with yachties

IT was almost a case of Survivor Australia for two German backpackers left to fend for themselves on Lady Musgrave Island on Tuesday night.

Silke Pinkofsky, 38, and Sebastian Dannheim, 36, were camping on the island for a couple of nights when they were left stranded, only to be saved by a sailing chariot.

The couple was due to be picked up by a charter company on Tuesday morning after camping on the island since Saturday, but the weather had turned too rough for the pick-up.

Mr Dannheim said the company they had paid to pick them up had told them before leaving for the trip that they might have to stay an extra couple of days due to the weather.

Luckily, a crew of three sailors cruised into the reef cove on Tuesday and assisted the stranded couple by changing their course to bring them to Gladstone Harbour after the weather cleared.

He said they stood on the beach with an umbrella waving towels to get the attention of the yachtsmen.

“Now we laugh about it but at the time not,” he said.

Perth sailor Shane Leavy was travelling north to take his new vessel, Farrlap, home, with sailing guru Jon Sanders and Andrew Sanders.

The Gladstone trip was hindered by winds of up to 100kmh and bucketing rain experienced in the region on Tuesday night.

“Over the night our tent was the only dry place so we got spiders and centipedes,” Mr Dannheim said.

The couple are staying at Agnes Water before heading north.



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