TWO men have been rescued from a life raft after their vessel caught fire, 40km off the coast from Lake McLeod, north of Carnarvon.
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority were alerted to the drama unfolding in the ocean after a distress beacon registered to 16m vessel Conquistador was set off at about 2.20am.
AMSA’s Challenger jet from Perth and a nearby merchant vessel, bulk carrier Ikan Senyur, were diverted to the area. Carnarvon Volunteer Sea Rescue was also called in to assist.
The men in their 30s were located in a life raft about 4.50am and at 5.10am the Ikan Senyur launched a rescue boat to recover the men. Both have now been brought aboardfor a medical assessment.