Men use esky to stay afloat after capsizing in Broadwater

Gold Coast police are urging boaties to check their safety equipment after two men were forced to use an esky and a chair to stay afloat after capsizing near South Stradbroke Island.

The men got in to trouble when their 4.5m runabout boat capsized as it was coming in over Jumpinpin bar around 11.30am on Monday.

The 43-year-old and 39-year-old clung to the boat for a couple of hours before it started sinking.


One man grabbed an esky and the other a chair before they swam to shore.

The men, with the assistance of a local man, then called the authorities around 2.50pm.

Neither sustained injuries.

Gold Coast Water Police ask that all boaties do the following before heading out on the water:

• Check all safety gear including life jackets, flares, and EPIRBs;
• Ensure you have registered your EPIRB;
• Get as much information about weather conditions as possible; and,
• Always tell someone where they are going and when they are expected to return.