Three mates headed out to sea on Tuesday 4 February, not realising they were about to experience the ordeal of a lifetime. Stranded at sea for 16 hours, Rev Dr Les Brockway, Derrick Fayers and Anthony Solomons held on to hope through prayer and courage.
The three men, aged 72, 78 and 60, set off from Woodman Point towards Carnac Island on one of their regular fishing trips, anchoring at around 6.00pm. They had already caught a number of fish when Tony hooked quite a large one and was determined to land it into the boat. Meanwhile, the back of the boat was gradually sinking lower and lower. Within a few minutes the trio were in serious trouble.