A PORTLAND Highway Patrol unit helped prevent a drowning at Yambuk on Monday night.
A family of three from Adelaide were staying overnight in Yambuk when the mother and 14-year-old son were caught in a rip and swept 300m offshore. They were swimming at the Yambuk beach at 7pm.
Sergeant Callum McKinnon said the mother managed to get clear of the rip but with the son still trapped, the father entered the water to attempt a rescue and was also caught and swept out.
While the mother was calling for help two bystanders attempted to help and were also swept out to the father and son.
Read more in Wednesday’s Portland Observer, January 15, 2013.