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    Jet Skiers rescued after night at sea

    Jet skiers rescued after night at sea

    Posted Sun Feb 15, 2009 12:23pm AEDT

    A cigarette lighter proved no shining light for two men stranded overnight after their jet ski broke down in Moreton Bay off Brisbane.
    The 24 and 20-year-old men from New South Wales lashed themselves to a marine beacon after their attempts with the cigarette lighter failed to stop passing boats last night.
    They had life-vests, but no other equipment and spent a cold night on the back of their jet ski.
    Just after dawn a boatie spotted the stranded pair.
    He alerted police but his mobile phone battery ran out before their exact location could be given.
    The Brisbane Water Police and Redcliffe Coast Guard were deployed with the pair found safe and well a short time later.
    They were taken to Scarborough with their jet ski in tow.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2...tion=australia


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    LIGTHER !!!! IT'S THAT ALL THEY HAVE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY?

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    Quote Originally Posted by shawn alladio View Post
    ...a boatie spotted the stranded pair.
    He alerted police but his mobile phone battery ran out before their exact location could be given...
    That is worth noting - if you are going to take battery powered equipment with you, make sure the batteries are in decent condition. Battery powered gear is only as good as the battery inside.

    Cell/mobile phones used on the water often need to run at maximum radio power to maintain a call in progress. The battery can run down much faster on the water than it does when you use the same phone back in town.

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    Right on guys...I mean what were they smoking? LOL

    At least they were trying and they came home safe, this is really valuable.
    Their lesson was a hard one and it is a reminder for any of us what to do next time we go...

    I work a lot on the ocean at night, I am familiar with this environment, but I can understand how terrifying it would be for someone not comfortable..and they were smart to tie themselves off to the buoy so they didn't drift into a traffic lane or worse....

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