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  • 21 December 2013, 23:04

Australia: Pair Clinging To Ice Box Rescued

Two fishermen who clung to an ice box in the ocean for 15 hours after their boat sank have been saved - in a rescue caught on video.

The "exhausted" men were winched to safety one by one into a helicopter and then taken to hospital for treatment.

The pair, aged 25 and 34, issued a mayday call on Friday afternoon before abandoning their cabin cruiser off Ballina in New South Wales, Australia.

A search was then launched and the following morning the upturned 18ft boat was spotted in the Pacific Ocean by a helicopter crew eight miles off Yamba.

The fishermen were found a short distance away, wearing lifejackets and clinging to the large white box.

One of their rescuers, Jethro Lampe, said: "They were pretty exhausted.

"I didn't get too much of a hand getting them into their seats, which is to be expected. They've been out all night."

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