Sea rescue authorities have credited an Esperance diver’s survival with his ability to remain calm after becoming stranded at sea overnight.
Peter Agnew, 46, was diving off the south-east coast on Friday, but when he surfaced his four-metre dinghy had drifted away.
He swam to Sandy Hook Island where he took refuge for the night, before swimming a further 800 metres the next morning to get help from a passing fishing boat.
Russell Palmer from the Esperance Volunteer Marine Rescue Group has praised Mr Agnew’s actions throughout the ordeal.
“He stayed calm the whole time when things didn’t work out for him, when he surfaced and realised his boat was gone, he didn’t panic, he stayed calm,” he said.
“[He] got himself up onto the rocks and … thought his situation out very well, in the end that’s probably what got him through it.”
Mr Agnew was discharged from hospital yesterday after being treated for dehydration.