A couple were forced to tread water in the middle of the ocean for three days after passing boats ignored them and yelled for help.
Benjamin Ng and his partner Pei, from Brisbane, Australia, were washed out to sea while paddling around North West Island off the coast of central Queensland last Saturday.
It was not until the following Monday that the couple were rescued by fisherman Lorne Benussi and his father Dennis 55 km from the coast.
However, the couple saw at least four boats pass them, all of which ignored their calls for help, Daily Mail Australia reports.
Luckily, the Benussi heard her screams as they got ready for bed.
They rushed into their smaller boat to rescue the couple, who had just lost their paddles in the waves.
Mr Benussi told the Daily Mail: “The poor blokes had no energy, they were completely exhausted. They couldn’t even sit up.”
He added he got the pair just in time as they seemed about to sink when help arrived.
“It was very fortunate that they swam towards the coast, otherwise it would be a very different message.”
The couple was then ill throughout the night, suffering from dehydration and having ingested too much salt water.
Mr Ng also “hardly ate” and “threw up” most of the water he drank.
Due to low tide and poor phone reception, Mr Benussi waited until morning to bring the couple back to shore.
The couple had arrived on North West Island, an off-grid location, for a three-day camping trip.
No one called the police to report their disappearance as they would not return from their trip until Tuesday.
His boat arrived at Keppel Bay Marina in Yeppoon at 11 a.m. Tuesday.
The couple were taken to Capricorn Coast Hospital by ambulance and are said to be in stable condition.
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