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A fishing crew whose boat was adrift for nearly a fortnight within the Nice Australian Bight has made it safely again to land, days after operating out of meals and being pressured to eat its seafood catch.

However in a tragic twist, one of many five-member crew was knowledgeable of the loss of life of a member of the family whereas the vessel was stranded at sea.

The fishing vessel Silver Phoenix was at the moment towed again to the wharf at Port Lincoln on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula.

The crew, which included a fisheries researcher from Canberra, spent 12 days drifting within the Southern Ocean after operating into engine hassle in waters off the SA–WA border.

“There was no one else on the market,” skipper Peter Woods stated.

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“A liner in the primary engine cracked and was letting water into the engine sump … so it was completely shut down.”

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Whereas the crew was not in imminent hazard, Mr Woods made contact with the Port Lincoln harbour grasp to organise a tow.

A close-by fishing boat then got here to assist however two metal cables snapped in tough climate, forcing it to move again to shore and leaving the Silver Phoenix drifting once more.

One other close by vessel is reported to have refused to come back to the boat’s help.

Mr Woods stated the on-board meals shares finally ran out, leaving them with out provides for 2 days earlier than one other boat lastly arrived — however they nonetheless had loads of fish to eat.

“Burned fish, crumbed fish, battered fish. We hadn’t obtained to the stewed but!” he stated.

Whereas they had been out at sea, one of many Silver Phoenix crew members was knowledgeable of a private bereavement, making the time away from household particularly robust.

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“We obtained a telephone name on the market … one of many individuals on the vessel had a loss within the household, however you possibly can’t do nothing,” Mr Woods stated.

Rescuer vital of choice to not assist

© ABCThe Silver Phoenix was finally towed by the vessel Saxon S in a rescue coordinated by the Stehr Group, which is likely one of the main gamers within the space’s bluefin tuna business.

The corporate’s marine operations supervisor Robbie Staunton stated it was a prolonged course of to arrange the rescue, not to mention carry it out.

“It is onerous to get guys simply earlier than Christmas to get a crew collectively,” he stated.

“Numerous issues needed to be undertaken. We’d like contracts, it is a very costly operation, there’s insurance coverage corporations concerned. We’d like to verify we’re doing it appropriately, safely.”

Mr Staunton stated “horrendous” climate delayed the departure of the Saxon S, nevertheless it was in a position to depart harbour final Saturday.

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“The climate moderated, fortunately, and off we went. It wasn’t 48 hours later till we obtained on the market, then the enjoyable started,” he stated.

Mr Staunton stated till the Saxon S arrived, the Silver Phoenix was successfully “helpless” and stated it was “disappointing” one other close by vessel had elected to not present help.

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“If somebody’s in hassle, particularly on the ocean, you have to assist,” he stated.

“When you’ve obtained the aptitude you simply need to do it, they’re people on the market.”

That view was echoed by the skipper of the Silver Phoenix.

“It is an unwritten regulation. The closest vessel to that vessel in misery is, in some circles, sure by unwritten regulation to go and get them,” Mr Woods stated.

“However perhaps I am from a special interval. Perhaps I am older than a few of these so-called skippers.”

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