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Fisherman dies as wave sinks boat

Water death: The body of a Hervey Bay man is taken ashore by water police after he died when a tinnie overturned off Point Vernon.
Water death: The body of a Hervey Bay man is taken ashore by water police after he died when a tinnie overturned off Point Vernon. Valerie Horton

A HERVEY Bay man in his 70s died yesterday after a tinnie overturned in waters off Point Vernon.

A man and woman who were also on the boat survived after they were pulled from the sea by the driver of a passing boat.

It is believed the tinnie started to take on water after it was hit by a wave and capsized as the weight on board shifted. All three were reportedly wearing life jackets.

The man and woman were pulled on board the passing boat after they started to swim towards shore. The victim was rescued from the water shortly afterwards.

Police reported that the man died a short time later.

A rescue operation was launched about 12.45pm after the alarm was raised.

Water police launched a vessel from Urangan Harbour and a Volunteer Marine Rescue vessel was also activated.

The man and woman, believed to be friends of the victim and from the general Bundaberg area, were taken ashore at Gatakers Bay boat ramp.

They were taken to Hervey Bay Hospital for observation.

Water police took the body of the deceased ashore at Urangan Harbour about 2.15pm.

Police said the death was not being treated as suspicious and they would prepare a report for the coroner.

One fisherman who came ashore at Gatakers about 1pm described the waters as choppy.


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