A Lonely Night At Sea
American Levi Verwoest was rescued from open water about 50km offshore by RACQ CQ Rescue after spending a cold and dark night sitting atop his overturned boat.
Shortly after sunset on November 21 last year, while on a starboard tack from Middle Percy Island and headed towards Sarina, the hatch cover on the foredeck of the vessel came free. The hull of the boat started to fill with water and, once awash, the vessel jibed and capsized.
The 29-year-old Hawaiian had been sailing his 23-foot catamaran ‘Isis’ along the Queensland coast when he noticed the boat slowing and taking on water at sunset yesterday, about 40km south of Mackay between Cape Palmerston and Knight Island.