Fishing Rescue in the Great Barrier Reef
Becoming Part of a Rescue Mission While in the Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef was a must experience destination on our family trip to Australia. This included both a day fishing and another day snorkeling. Being a non-fisher person, I had reservations about this excursion, but we all selected excursions that were a must do experience in Australia. While not overly excited about placing the huge bait that is necessary for this type of fishing, I recruited members of my family to help me out with that chore. This turned out to be an amazing experience as I ended up catching most of huge fish. There were about 14 people on the fishing excursion and one person ended up with just a head when he pulled up his line, guess there were sharks in the waters.
On our return to the pier, the first mate began running up and down the ship’s ladder. After a short time the Captain announced that there was a small boat that needed assistance, we were the only boat close enough to assist. As we approached the boat it was expelling smoke and one man was in a raft, in the water, tangled in some boat equipment. The Captain was able to work with the person in the raft and he was able to reach our fishing boat, but there was still another man on the smoking boat. The smoke was increasing, the captain didn’t want to endanger the rest his passengers and directed the man to swim to our fishing boat. Although the smoking boat was not a long distance from shore, these waters had Jelly Fish, Sharks and Crocodiles. As a last resort the man jumped in the water and swam RAPIDLY to our fishing boat. Within a short time the smoking boat was in flames.
The rescued men were shaken, upon arrived back at the pier, there were authorities waiting to question these men on what happen that their boat was aflame and destined to sink.
This is an excursion that my family still talks about to this day as one of the most unique adventures we have had on vacation.