Not a chilly bin, an Esky!

Apparently some fisherman were saved by a chilly bin…except the story is from Australia and so it would have been an Esky not a chilly bin.

It took just one minute between noticing the black smoke billowing from the back of their boat and landing in the water, clinging to an chilly bin as the Intrepid disappeared.

Australian Scott Smiles, 43, the part-owner of the 41-footer, said he grabbed his wallet, a distress beacon and the chilly bin before he, his friend Rick Matthews, 46, and their 11-year-old sons, Riley and Ryan, jumped to the relative safety of the sea off North Head this morning.

“You just grab anything you can that will float,” Smiles said, following their dramatic rescue by helicopter after 45 minutes spent in the water.

It is the small things that matter. An a quick check of an Aussie paper website proves it!

TWO 11-year-old boys and their dads clung to an Esky in open seas after their fishing boat sank in waters off a suburb of northern Sydney this morning.

Rick Matthews, 46, and son Ryan, and Scott Smiles, 43, and son Riley were fishing at Dee Why when smoke began billowing from the engine room of the 41-foot cruiser “Intrepid” about 8am.

The experienced fishermen had purchased the boat from Mr Smiles’ sister just two weeks ago.


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