Rosebud Beach teenage paddleboarding survivors released from hospital

“They put two paddles together, and four people sitting on it together to keep it stable.

“They managed it very well”

When he first saw his son after the ordeal Rong told him: “isn’t it cool”.

His son remains in hospital but is in good spirits, he told reporters.

The dad said the families appreciated the help and support of the rescuers and community.

“We’re just very, very thankful and grateful that we’re living in such a wonderful country and people help each other,” he said.

The two other teenagers– women aged 18 and 19 – worked together with their friends to stay afloat on two inflatable paddleboards.

On Wednesday morning a spokeswoman from University Geelong Hospital confirmed three of the teenagers had been discharged.

“The final patient is stable,” the spokeswoman said.

The teenagers were celebrating finishing their VCE and were in the water off Rosebud Beach on the Mornington Peninsula on Monday night.

Strong winds and bay currents pushed them out into the bay, and with their phones among their belongings on shore, they were unable to call for help.

They floated through the night and landed more than 20 kilometres away on Swan Island, a military training site off the coast of Queenscliff on the Bellarine Peninsula.

A security guard on the island found them wandering the island at dawn.

Shi said his son, who is also known as Jackson, was treated for dehydration and that he and his friends were doing well.


Later on the same day of the rescue, emergency services were called to Frankston Yacht Club about 9.30pm on Tuesday after reports that two paddleboarders were in trouble and couldn’t make it back to shore.

Officers called in the air wing, water police and other services, and a search for the paddleboarders started. The women were located just before 10pm by volunteer rescuers and returned to shore without further incident.

More to come.

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