Extraordinary breakthrough as missing man in his 30s is found ALIVE after plunging off the side of a cargo ship and spending all night in the Indian Ocean
- The man went missing off a Chinese bulk carrier anchored off Western Australia
- Police were alerted the man went overboard on Sunday at around 6.40pm
- The Chinese national was found on Monday after spending the night at sea
A sailor who spent all night fighting to stay alive after plunging overboard off a cargo ship has been found.
The man, who is in his 30s, went missing at around 6.40pm on Sunday on a Chinese bulk carrier which was anchored 11.5 km off the coast of Geraldton, a coastal city 424 kilometres north of Perth, Western Australia.
A search coordinated by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, involving the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre jet and marine rescue vessels, found the man on Monday at 8.40am.
A man in his 30s disappeared after falling overboard off a Chinese bulk carrier which was anchored off the coast of Geraldton, 424 kilometres north of Perth, Western Australia (stock image of cargo container ship)
The Chinese national spent all night fighting for his life in deep waters of the Indian Ocean and was found on Monday morning approximately 10 km off the Oakajee Coast – 20 km north of where he went missing.
The man is being taken to shore and will be transported to hospital for a medical assessment.
Police received reports of the missing man 20 minutes after a fisherman went missing in the Mid West Gascoyne region.
The 46-year-old man was reported missing at around 6.20pm after he went fishing off Green Head on Sunday.
Police were told the man usually returns to shore by 4pm after a day of fishing.
The man’s car and boat trailer remain parked at the boat ramp.
The man was not found despite a land and sea search involving marine rescue vessels and a helicopter.
A helicopter and several marine rescue vessels were used in a land and sea search for the man.
Authorities will resume the search for the 46-year-old fisherman on Monday.
Rescue teams found the Chinese national on Monday morning after he spent the entire night floating in the Indian Ocean. The man was found 10 km off the Oakajee Coast – 20 km north of where he went missing (pictured, Geraldton, the coastal city where the man went missing)