PHOTOS: Fishermen found clinging to an upturned boat
TWO fishermen were found clinging to an upturned boat during an aerial search near Lady Musgrave Island this morning.
RACQ Capricorn Rescue started the search at 4.50am after they detected the beacon signal.
The 32-year-old men were found around two nautical miles north east of Lady Musgrave Island. Both men were winched on board the helicopter with minor abrasions, bruising and suffering from the cold.
Crewman Garth Snaidero said, "It is without a doubt that the beacon saved the lives of these two fishermen.
"We immediately detected the beacon's distress signal and quickly located both men."
Pilot Mitch Vernon was also on board during the rescue.
"After spending around three and half hours in the water both men were overwhelmed to see our helicopter approaching," Mr Vernon said.