How four Aussies survived 36 hours in the ocean after their constitution boat sank en route to an Indonesian island resort

4 Australians feared lifeless after their boat capsized in Indonesia miraculously survived the terrifying 36-hour ordeal by clinging to their surfboards.

Elliott Foote, his girlfriend Steph Weiss and their two pals Jordan Short and Will Teagle have been lacking on Sunday night time after their constitution boat failed to return from a distant island off the coast of North Sumatra due to harmful climate.

The 4 pals have been discovered protected on Tuesday along with two of the three Indonesians who have been moreover on the ship. The third Indonesian stays lacking.

Mr Foote, who went on a shopping journey to the distant island of Pinang with 11 pals to rejoice his thirtieth birthday, was seen consuming a beer on his good buddy’s Instagram simply hours after his rescue was confirmed.

Back in Sydney, Will Teagle’s sister Amy described receiving a FaceTime from her brother.

“He said the boat they were on sank in the middle of the night so it was pitch dark and they were packing everything they could,” she knowledgeable A Current Affair.

“They every managed to get a surfboard after which spent two nights in the ocean.

Elliott Foote, pictured with girlfriend Steph Weiss, have been rescued


Aussies Jordan Short and Will Teagle have additionally been discovered


“He stated they’d no thought the place they have been, which method they have been going through. I believe by the grace of God they managed to row in the proper route.

“It’s just really awesome.”

Steve, Jordan and Will have been found at 11:00 a.m. Sydney time on Tuesday by an Australian captain who went to search for them at 10:00 p.m. native time on Sunday.

But that was one other three hours earlier than Elliott was found, having left the group to paddle about 3 miles away from the group for assist.

Elliott’s father stated the trio’s invention was “fantastic”, nonetheless described the stress of the hours earlier than his son was found.

“It was heartbreaking as you can imagine,” Peter Foote knowledgeable A Current Affair.

“When I noticed that video … and also you hear a voice saying, ‘Where’s Elliot?'” they usually haven’t got it.

“My heart just dropped.”

This is the unimaginable second time that Steph Weiss, Will Teagle and Jordan Short, together with an Indonesian crew member, have been misplaced at sea after 36 hours.


The group have been amongst 12 Australians on two picket steamboats touring between Nias Island and Pinang Surf Resort in the Banjak Islands off the mainland’s west coast when the vessel was hit by harmful climate on Sunday.


Elliott’s pals knowledgeable rescuers that he went to the island for assist and was found there.

Toole said that the four didn’t know the destiny of their eight totally different pals till they have been at sea.

Speaking to 7News, Steph’s mother, Jill Weiss, stated she felt helpless throughout the search.

“There’s so little we can do and your mind wanders to all sorts of dark places,” she stated.

Steph was the first confirmed Aussie to be found, adopted

On Tuesday afternoon, Elliott’s father, Peter, confirmed that three of the pals had been rescued from the distant islands.

Moments after chatting with Sky News, Foote acquired a message from his son confirming he had been rescued.

“Hi Dad, Eliot here. I’m alive now, safe, love you. Chat later,” the textual content reads.

The fourth, lacking Aussie Elliot Foote (pictured), was saved moments later


The group stayed at the distinctive Pinang Surf Resort (pictured)


A drained but relieved Elliott Foote loved a well-earned beer as he returned to dry land


Foote praised the work of search and rescue groups and the housing of Australians in the house who helped with the search.

He had partnered with pals, employed constitutional boats, and even secured rewards for native fishermen from his residence in Sydney.

He knowledgeable Sky News that the individual had wished readability sooner than calling off the search earlier than revealing his son’s future switch.

“Elliot will be back on the island, they (the band) will regroup and recover and maybe tonight will be a great night,” he introduced.

Asked how a lot he wished to see his son, Mr Foote stated: “I don’t really need to see him as long as I know he’s alive.”

“I am unable to wait to discuss to him about what sort of journey he is on, what sort of narrative to inform.

“He’s nonetheless obtained ten days left, so he is in the finest place. They like it, it is paradise.

“As long as I can talk to him, he doesn’t have to go home.”


Related Articles

Back to top button