Fishermen rescued after the weight of sharks caused their boat to sink

Dramatic moment fishermen who hauled in two enormous sharks are rescued after the weight of the deadly predators caused their boat to sink

  • Two fishermen were rescued after the weight of two sharks caused boat to sink  
  • They were 60 kilometres offshore from Newcastle when helicopter found them 
  • The men managed to activate an emergency GPS beacon before the boat sunk  
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Two fishermen were rescued after the weight of two sharks they caught caused their boat to sink. 

The pair hauled in two huge sharks while surfing 60 kilometres offshore from Newcastle, on the New South Wales coast.   

The weight of the two sharks caused the boat to sink as the men clinched onto the tip of the boat before a rescue helicopter arrived.


Two fishermen were rescued after the weight of two sharks caused their boat to sink 60 kilometres offshore

The fishermen managed to activate an emergency GPS beacon before the boat sunk and fired a flare into the sky.  

Winch operator of the Westpac Rescue helicopter Matt Dippolito, told Nine News both men were wearing life jackets and were grateful to be rescued.   

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‘Only the front of the boat was sticking out of the water and the rest had sunk and they were holding onto the side,’ he said. 

‘They were extremely grateful to be winched aboard, and in good spirits too.’

Dramatic helicopter footage showed the men being pulled to safety with the outline of one of the sharks clearly seen from above. 


The men managed to activate an emergency GPS beacon before the boat sunk to altert authorities

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