Capsized Qld boat boy wins fight for life

Update at 4.25pm, June 13:  THE young boy who was plucked from the ocean in a critical condition after a boat capsized off Queensland’s Sunshine Coast has been released from hospital.

Julian Hohnen, 7, suffered hypothermia when he and father Maike Hohnen, 39, and family friend Stephen Jeacocke, 48, were thrown into the ocean shortly after 1.30am on Sunday as their boat sank.

The two men clung to debris from the 5.2-metre vessel while taking turns keeping the boy afloat before Julian was winched out by helicopter in a critical condition.


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Update at 8.30am, June 11: A SEVEN-year-old boy is in a stable condition after being plucked from the sea when a boat sank off the Sunshine Coast.

Julian Hohnen was winched to safety about 2.30am on Sunday after the boat sank, leaving him, his father and another man in the open sea off Caloundra.

Elimbah truck driver Maike Hohnen, 38, his young son and family friend Stephen Jeacocke, 48, spent six hours in the water.

The two men clung to debris from the 5.2 metre vessel while taking turns keeping the boy afloat.

He remains in the Queensland Children’s Hospital in Brisbane, with his condition listed as serious on Monday afternoon, while the two men have been released from hospital.

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Update @8.30am, June 10: A SEVEN-year-old child is still fighting for life in hospital after spending more than six hours floating out at sea.

The boy was in a boat with two other men, when it began taking on water in the early hours of Sunday morning.

A distress call was made to the coast guard shortly after, though the boat sank shortly after.

It’s believed the two men took turns holding the boy above the water, in attempts to save the boy’s life.

Rescue teams found the trio just after sunrise, around 8.00am, after a tanker anchored offshore notified authorities.

The boy was airlifted to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital, where he remains in a critical condition.

The two men were also taken to the hospital, both suffering hypothermia.

Earlier @11.00am, June 9: A CHILD has been flown to hospital in a critical condition after he and two men spent six hours floating in the freezing open ocean following a boating accident off Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.

The boy, believed to be just seven-years-old, and two men were about 14km off the coast of Caloundra when their 5.2 metre fishing vessel began taking on water shortly after 1.30am on Sunday.

It’s understood a distress call was made to the coastguard about 1.45am and water police raced to sea to rescue the trio, but they could not be found.

After spending six hours treading water in the dark open ocean, the trio were spotted floating at sea soon after sunrise, about 8am.

The boy was winched out the freezing water by a rescue helicopter and airlifted to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital in a critical condition.

The men, aged in their 30s and 40s, were brought back to shore at Mooloolaba by marine rescue and have been taken by ambulance to the same hospital, suffering from hypothermia.

Queensland Ambulance said the men were transported in stable conditions.

No further information was available at the time of writing.

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