A commercial fisherman who swam for 12 hours to shore to raise the alarm after his trawler sank was hailed a hero in Australia today.
Michael Williams, 39, made the eight-mile swim to a beach near Byron Bay and sparked an air search for his two crew mates.
Fellow crewman John Jarrett, 41, was found at sea clinging to a fish cooler lid that had kept him afloat for 30 hours.
The search for skipper Charlie Picton, 40, was called off.
Mr Jarrett’s sister Rosemary Jarrett said today all three had initially clung to flotsam after their shrimp trawler capsized and sank before dawn.
Ms Jarrett told Nine Network TV: “JJ said: ’We’ll be out here for at least three days because no one knows we’re here,’ so brave Michael swam all the way to shore.
“He’s my hero. He’s all our hero,” she said.
Mr Williams was recovering in a hospital in nearby Mullumbimby, and declined media requests for interviews.