Australia (QLD): Twelve people, mostly children, rescued from waters off Turnagain Island in the Torres Strait – Published 26 Sept 2015 0930z (GMT/UTC)

ABC News

Torres Strait rescue: Twelve people, including children, saved during night time ocean rescue

Posted about 2 hours ago

Twelve people, most of them children, were rescued from waters off Turnagain Island in the Torres Strait overnight after two boats got into difficulty while making a trip from Thursday Island to Saibai Island.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) coordinated the search after it detected an emergency beacon registered to a five-metre dingy in the vicinity of Turnagain Island about 9pm.

A helicopter was diverted to the scene by AMSA and located the first vessel which was taking on water and drifting towards a small island surrounded by crocodile-infested mangroves.

“We found a boat that had nine people on board that was bailing water. The people had rigged a makeshift sail and were luckily drifting into an island,” a rescue pilot said.

“We flew over to the island to illuminate the coastline for them. There was nothing else around for them to get to. They drifted into the island and landed in an estuary.”

The first rescue helicopter left the scene as it was running low on fuel while a second helicopter attended and winched a rescue swimmer down to the group.

The group advised rescuers there was a second dingy which had overturned with three people on board and they were still in the water.

According to AMSA a search was commenced immediately and a dingy with three people clinging to the hull was sighted in rough seas a short time later in the vicinity of Turnagain Island, about 37 kilometres from Sabai Island.

“We went out and searched and found the other people clinging to an overturned boat,” the pilot said.

“A Navy ship was nearby that was diverted and also a police vessel was on the scene to help coordinate that rescue too.”

Fortunately the three people from the overturned dingy were all wearing life jackets which contributed to their safe rescue, the AMSA said in a statement.

“It also helped that the beacon was correctly registered. From the beacon registration information, JRCC Australia was able to get early information about the number of boats and people to plan an appropriate rescue response,” the AMSA said.

Queensland Police confirmed there were multiple children involved in the incident, including an eight-year-old boy, all of whom were rescued and taken to family on Saibai Island.

The search and rescue mission included two rescue helicopters, a fixed-wing aircraft, a police vessel and a Navy vessel. –
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-09-26/twelve-people-rescued-from-waters-off-horn-island-torres-strait/6807078

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Australia: Ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald located over Cape York Peninsula – 220113 0735z

AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT BUREAU OF METEOROLOGY
TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING CENTRE BRISBANE

TROPICALCYCLONEFORECASTTRACKMAP

Ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald

Issued at 5:23 am EST Tuesday 22 January 2013. Refer to Tropical Cyclone Advice Number 14.

Community Threat Past Cyclone Details
Warning Zone Gales within 24 hours
Watch Zone Gales from 24 to 48 hours
Past Location and Intensity Number
Past Track and Movement
Current Cyclone Details Forecast Cyclone Details
(at 24 and 48 hours from issue)
Current Location and Intensity Number
Very Destructive Winds
Destructive Winds
Gale Force Winds
Forecast Location and Intensity Number
Very Destructive Wind Boundary
Destructive Wind Boundary
Gale Force Wind Boundary
Most Likely Future Track
Range of Likely Tracks of Cyclone Centre

The forecast path shown above is the Bureaus best estimate of the cyclones future movement and intensity. There is always some uncertainty associated with tropical cyclone forecasting and the grey zone indicates the range of likely tracks of the cyclone centre.

Due to the uncertainty in the future movement, the indicated winds will almost certainly extend to regions outside the rings on this map. The extent of the warning and watch zones reflects this.

This product is designed for land-based communities; mariners should read the coastal waters and high seas warnings.
Remarks:

EX-TROPICAL CYCLONE OSWALD, with gusts up to 100 km/h, has now crossed the coast between Pormpuraaw and Kowanyama. Ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald is expected to continue moving inland today before adopting more of a southerly track during Wednesday.

Damaging wind gusts are currently occurring across the Peninsula district north of about Pormpuraaw and are expected to develop about the North Tropical Coast and Tablelands district north of about Cooktown later tonight.

Heavy rainfall that may lead to flooding associated with Ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald is likely about the Peninsula and northern parts of the Gulf Country district today.

Ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald is expected to produce a storm tide in coastal areas between about Kowanyama and Cape Keerweer over the next few hours. Tides between Cape York and Cape Keerweer are also expected to be abnormally high, exceeding the highest tide of the year on the high tide today. Large waves may produce minor flooding along the foreshore. People living in areas that may possibly be affected by this flooding should take measures to protect their property as much as possible and be prepared to help their neighbours.

This is the final Tropical Cyclone Advice, however a separate Severe Weather Warning is now current for damaging winds, heavy rainfall and abnormally tides for parts of the Peninsula and Gulf Country districts. Refer to this product for all further information on Ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald.

Name:Ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald

Details:

Time (EST) Intensity Category Latitude
(decimal deg.)
Longitude
(decimal deg.)
Estimated Position
Accuracy (km)
0hr 4 am January 22 tropical low 15.0S 141.7E 45
+6hr 10 am January 22 tropical low 14.5S 142.0E 70
+12hr 4 pm January 22 tropical low 14.4S 142.9E 90
+18hr 10 pm January 22 tropical low 14.5S 143.6E 115
+24hr 4 am January 23 tropical low 15.1S 143.7E 135
+36hr 4 pm January 23 tropical low 16.0S 143.4E 175
+48hr 4 am January 24 tropical low 16.6S 143.0E 210

There will be no further Forecast Track Maps issued for this system unless it moves over water.

IDQ20023
Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Queensland
Tropical Cyclone Warning CentreMedia: The Standard Emergency Warning Signal should NOT be used with this
warning.PRIORITYTROPICAL CYCLONE ADVICE NUMBER 14
Issued at 5:21 am EST on Tuesday 22 January 2013The Cyclone WARNING from Gilbert River Mouth to Cape York has been cancelled.

At 4:00 am EST Ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald was estimated to be
55 kilometres north of Kowanyama and
15 kilometres southeast of Pormpuraaw and
moving northeast at 10 kilometres per hour.

EX-TROPICAL CYCLONE OSWALD, with gusts up to 100 km/h, has now crossed the
coast between Pormpuraaw and Kowanyama. Ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald is expected
to continue moving inland today before adopting more of a southerly track
during Wednesday.

Damaging wind gusts are currently occurring across the Peninsula district north
of about Pormpuraaw and are expected to develop about the North Tropical Coast
and Tablelands district north of about Cooktown later tonight.

Heavy rainfall that may lead to flooding associated with Ex-Tropical Cyclone
Oswald is likely about the Peninsula and northern parts of the Gulf Country
district today.

Ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald is expected to produce a storm tide in coastal areas
between about Kowanyama and Cape Keerweer over the next few hours. Tides
between Cape York and Cape Keerweer are also expected to be abnormally high,
exceeding the highest tide of the year on the high tide today. Large waves may
produce minor flooding along the foreshore. People living in areas that may
possibly be affected by this flooding should take measures to protect their
property as much as possible and be prepared to help their neighbours.

This is the final Tropical Cyclone Advice, however a separate Severe Weather
Warning is now current for damaging winds, heavy rainfall and abnormally tides
for parts of the Peninsula and Gulf Country districts. Refer to this product
for all further information on Ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald.

Details of Ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald at 4:00 am EST:
.Centre located near 15.0 degrees South 141.7 degrees East
.Location accuracy.. within 45 kilometres
.Recent movement. towards the northeast at 10 kilometres per hour
.Wind gusts near centre 85 kilometres per hour
.Severity category.. below cyclone intensity
.Central pressure 991 hectoPascals

No further advices will be issued for this system unless it moves over water.

This warning is also available through TV and Radio Broadcasts; the Bureaus
website at http://www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 212. The Bureau and the State
Emergency Service would appreciate this warning being broadcast regularly.

A map showing the track of the cyclone is available at:

http://www.bom.gov.au/cyclone

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Queensland

Coastal Waters Wind Warning
For Eastern Gulf Waters.
Issued at 5:25 pm EST on Tuesday 22 January 2013

Synoptic Situation
Ex Tropical Cyclone Oswald is located over Cape York Peninsula. Strong to gale force monsoon flow exists over much of the Gulf and is expected to contract east overnight.

Gale Warning
for Northeast Gulf Waters
NW to SW winds 30 to 40 knots, contracting east of 140.5E late evening. NW to SW winds 25 to 30 knots west of 140.5E from late evening. Seas 3 to 4 metres, easing to 2.5 to 3 metres west of 140.5E from late evening. A 2.5 to 3 metre Wly swell. Squally monsoonal rain areas with gusts to 50 knots, easing to 40 knots west of 140.5E from late evening.

Gale Warning
for Southeast Gulf Waters
SE to SW 30 to 40 knots north of 16.0S and east of 139.0E, contracting east and easing below 33 knots by late evening. SE to SW 25 to 33 knots elsewhere. Seas to 3 metres, reaching 4 metres in northern waters this afternoon. Squally monsoonal rain areas with gusts to 40 knots, reaching 50 knots in northern waters this afternoon.

The next warning will be issued by 11 pm Tuesday AEST.

Please be aware
Wind gusts can be a further 40 percent stronger than the averages given here, and maximum waves may be up to twice the height.

End of warning -

23 Jan 2013: Ozcyclonechasers loaded a video update this evening on Ex-Cyclone Oswald, here is a look at it. fb.me/1wqylPq8d

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