Two people rescued off Seabird

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A Guardian 1 crew from Marine Rescue Two Rocks was on its way to a boat in trouble off Seabird this morning when they heard two people had already been rescued. File picture

TWO people were rescued off Seabird this morning after their boat started to sink in about 40m of water.

Water Police said an Epirb had been set off and they got the job about 10am.

Marine Rescue Two Rocks headed off from Two Rocks at 10.30am but when they were halfway there they were notified that two people had already been picked up by a private boat in the area and that a Fisheries boat had met that boat and taken the two people back to the Two Rocks marina.

The spokesman said after Marine Rescue Two Rocks had set off Water Police had radio contact with the skipper of the private boat who said he had picked up two people in the area.

By the time Marine Rescue Two Rocks were about halfway there the stricken boat had already sunk.

The Water Police spokesman said the two people rescued were lucky the other boat was in the area and that when their boat started to take on water they headed towards the other boat.

He said the two people who were rescued were fit and healthy.

About 2pm the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) said the department’s Lancelin crew was patrolling in the area when they responded to calls for help from a sinking vessel.

A DPIRD spokeswoman said when the officers arrived at the location 13 miles off Seabird they were met by another private vessel that had picked up two individuals, who were transferred to the DPIRD patrol boat.

The DPIRD officers then took the individuals back to Two Rocks.