Jurien Bay sea rescue: Skipper Shane Scholes recounts horror moments yacht overturned

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An experienced skipper who was pulled from the ocean off WA’s coast with two friends has shared details of the terrifying moment his boat was overpowered in a wild ocean storm.

The three seafaring mates were lucky to escape with their lives after their yacht overturned in treacherous conditions off Jurien Bay early on Tuesday.

The following day skipper Shane Scholes teared up as he recounted the frightening ordeal.

“You know how people say you see your life flash in front of you, well, mine did hey,” he told 7 News.

“We tumbled and just everything turned, that was it, I thought I was gone. My mate thought I was gone. When I came up and he came up, we couldn’t find his young fella and we were just hauling stuff everywhere and yelling out for him.

“I’m going to tear up, but I’m not going to. those guys are legends.”

Mr Scholes said when Jurien Bay Marine Rescue pulled them to safety he gave “those lads” the biggest hug.

“They told us they were almost going to give up, I’m glad they didn’t.”

Shane Scholes said the experience will keep him out of the water for now.
Camera IconShane Scholes said the experience will keep him out of the water for now. Credit: 7NEWS/7NEWS

He said this experience will keep him out of the water for now.

“Right now it has. Yeah, I think I’ll stick to the shore for a little while.”

On Tuesday Marine Rescue Jurien Bay’s Mike Cockburn told 6PR it took about two hours to find the yacht, which had rolled over and then righted itself but had snapped its mast.

Police said an AMSA search aircraft found the yacht about 5km off Jurien Bay about 3am.

The drama in WA’s north-west started when one of the men aboard the 11.5m yacht started to feel sick and the vessel encountered fuel issues.

The trio had left Carnarvon on Monday and were heading to Perth.

The men were treated for hypothermia but had no serious injuries.

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