Although conditions were relatively mild when the 7m outrigger left Toukley for a training exercise, conditions changed dramatically by the time they reached the southern end of the lake.
Winds reaching 50 knots made conditions extremely dangerous and a wind gust combined with a freak wave capsized the outrigger, tipping all crew members into the waters.
There's really no surprise there. ". . . a wind gust combined with a freak wave . . ." pretty much summed up what had happened. The quick rescue made by the local residence in this case is very impressive as “The conditions were absolutely atrocious and there wasn’t a minute to be lost,” really! How many local coastal residing people have this kind of attitude and preparation? Thank God these unsung heroes are out there!