Heroic Rescue Mission: Australian Border Force Saves Stranded Fishermen in the Torres Strait

Australia, Police

The Australian Border Force (ABF) has once again demonstrated its commitment to protecting the nation’s waters and its citizens.

On Sunday, May 26, 2024, ABF vessel Roebuck Bay responded to a distress signal from stranded fishermen in the Torres Strait.

Departing on a routine patrol, the crew’s mission took a heroic turn when they were asked to join the search for two Australian fishermen and their six-metre dinghy, suffering from engine problems.

In cooperation with the Queensland Ambulance Service, the Roebuck Bay crew located the stranded fishermen amidst two-metre seas.

One man was airlifted to Yam Island via helicopter, while a 66-year-old resident of the island chose to remain with the vessel.

The latter was transferred to the Roebuck Bay and returned home safely, with the disabled dinghy in tow.

Both men were reported to be in good health and high spirits.

Commander Neil Horne, Deputy Commander Maritime Border Command, praised the Roebuck Bay crew for their quick and professional actions during the rescue mission.

Reflecting on the incident, Horne emphasized the importance of seafarers being prepared for potential dangers and having the necessary safety equipment on board.

This successful rescue operation is a testament to the ABF’s strong presence across the Torres Strait.

Their maritime, land, and air surveillance capabilities, which include ships, fast response boats, helicopters, and fixed-wing aircraft, enable the organization to protect its citizens and maintain security in the region.

The Australian Border Force remains dedicated to its mission, safeguarding Australia’s borders as well as ensuring the safety and well-being of those traversing its waters.