The last moment of a family pleasure cruise that turned into a beating tragedy ware captured by an amateur cameraman in Australia.
The last moment of a family pleasure cruise that turned into a beating tragedy ware captured by an amateur cameraman in Australia. Coverage shows the family's 30-feet mater cruiser in the grip of huge surf off the New South Wales coast, than being sucked completely underwater, overturned and broken up.
Six people were believed aboard the cruiser. But in weekend rescue operations, hampered by continuing high seas, searchers were able to recover only one body.
These who died were the Jones Family -- Mr. William Oswald Jones, his wife and two sens aged 12 and 9 -- from the Sydney suburb of Padstew. Two other people, not immediately identified, were also believed aboard the stricken cruiser.
SYNOPSIS: Beat experts in Sydney were this week questioning what made a family take a meter cruiser like this one out into raging surf -- and almost certain death off the central New South Wales coast. Though the best is equipped with modern navigational and lifesaving equipment, the owners -- a boat -hirs firm -- strictly prohibit customers from taking these cruisers out to sea.
On Sunday, an amateur cameraman filmed the holiday cruise that ended in tragedy -- as the thirty-foot long boat was sucked down beneath huge waves. After capsizing, the mater-cruiser was pounded into matchweed by the waves.
Slow motion shows that the cruiser didn't have a chance of surviving these heavy seas. Six people was believed aboard. But hampered by continuing storm conditions, rescuers were able to recover only one body. The boat had been hired by a family from a Sydney suburb -- Mr. William Jones, his two sons aged twelve and nine, and his wife, who was apparently terrified of the water but joined the cruise to please the family. Two other people, not immediately identified, were also believed aboard the stricken cruiser.
Rescuers searching for bodies among he debris were puzzled as to what made the family ignore warnings not to take the cruiser out to sea. Se was the owner of the firm who hired out the cruiser. He visited the area and was interviewed about the instructions given to the family.