Three safe after fishing trip drama

Caroline Frost
July 24, 2006 - 11:33AM

Paramedics have flown in to help a father and his two sons after a fishing trip went wrong in southern Victoria.

All three, including boys aged 11 and 16, are receiving medical treatment after their boat reportedly flipped over, forcing them to swim to safety in the waters off Port Welshpool, 200km south-east of Melbourne.

Police say the family had set off at about noon yesterday and were due to return about 7pm.

When the family's car and boat trailer were discovered later, the coastguard was called in to search for the missing 4.5-metre boat and swept the Toora Channel area, where the man was known to go fishing.

But it was unclear this morning what happened to the boat.

The elder boy swam more than 2km to Barrys Beach on the mainland and alerted authorities.

He is suffering from exposure and has been taken to Foster Hospital.

His 48-year-old father and younger brother were later found on South Possum Island.

The father, suffering from severe hypothermia, has been flown to the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne. His 11-year-old son, whose symptoms are milder, has been taken to Latrobe Hospital.

Missing woman found safe

Police have located a woman in her 70s who had been missing overnight from a large rural property near Geelong.

The woman, 72, was found safe and well at the junction of Demotts Road and Clarkes Road at Anakie, north of Geelong, at 9am.

Police and State Emergency Service crews had started their search at 7pm, when the woman had been reported missing from a 90-hectare property, but had to scale it down for the night.

They resumed this morning at first light.