Australia Father-son fishing duo in dramatic sea rescue

14:52  12 july  2018
14:52  12 july  2018 Source:   9news.com.au

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Father and son fishing duo Joe and Chris Cordina will have a few questions to answer when they get home tonight.

The pair was out in Sydney's Botany Bay this afternoon with friend Alex Cacciagiu when their boat, On The Prowl 2, started taking on water.

Chris said the group started “s------- ourselves”, set off an EPIRB and radioed for help, then used a bucket to start bailing out water.

Police, Marine Rescue and another fishing boat nearby all raced to help.

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“They got out there real quick. Thanks a lot,” Chris said.

“We would have s--- ourselves if they didn’t come.”

Even nearby Navy ship HMAS Yarra stood ready to help if needed.

“Yeah we saw it out there,” Joe said.

“I just hope the missus doesn’t see this before we ring her and tell her.”

a man smiling for the camera: Joe Cordina was thankful for the help of marine authorities. Picture: 9NEWS © Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd Joe Cordina was thankful for the help of marine authorities. Picture: 9NEWS

Our news helicopter captured pictures of the men frantically bailing out water as the back of the boat started to sink while they were towed into Port Botany by Marine Rescue.

But thankfully they made it dry land before things got worse.

Once on shore, it became clear the boat had damage underneath that had caused it to take on water.

a person walking in the rain: The damaged boat. Picture: 9NEWS © Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd The damaged boat. Picture: 9NEWS

It also became clear to Joe that his wife had indeed discovered his misadventure by seeing it on the news before he was able to call her.

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But he proudly showed off a large bluefin tuna that the group caught before the drama began.

“Is he worth all the drama?” I asked.

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