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14:25  09 june  2019
14:25  09 june  2019 Source:   9news.com.au

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Two men took turns holding a seven-year-old boy above water for six hours after their boat capsized off the Queensland coast. Seven-year-old Julian is tonight in a critical condition in hospital, after developing hypothermia. Water police raced to find the trio after receiving a distress call from

Two men took turns holding a seven-year-old boy above water for six hours after their boat capsized off the Queensland coast. Seven-year-old Julian is tonight in a critical condition in hospital, after developing hypothermia. Water police raced to find the trio after receiving a distress call from

Two men took turns holding a seven-year-old boy above water for six hours after their boat capsized off the Queensland coast.

Seven-year-old Julian is tonight in a critical condition in hospital, after developing hypothermia.

Water police raced to find the trio after receiving a distress call from their 5.2-metre vessel which was taking on water just after 1.30am this morning.

Men took turns holding boy above water after boat capsized© Supplied Maike Hohnen and his son Julian.

They were about 14km off the coast of Caloundra when something went wrong and the boat started sinking. A second distress call confirmed they were in the water.

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An Australian father and his friend treaded water for six hours and took turns to hold the man 's seven-year-old boy above water after their boat capsized Australian emergency services were notified Sunday afternoon following reports of a 5.2-metre boat taking on water about 14 kilometres off the

An Australian father and his friend treaded water for six hours and took turns to hold the man 's seven-year-old boy above water after their boat capsized Australian emergency services were notified Sunday afternoon following reports of a 5.2-metre boat taking on water about 14 kilometres off the

The coast guard was deployed to their last known location and all vessels in the area were notified the boat was sinking, police said in a statement.

The trio were spotted in the water by an anchored off-shore tanker who notified authorities. They were rescued just before 8am.

Julian was winched to safety, while his father Maike Hohnen, 39 and a friend Stephen Jeacocke, 48 - were brought back to land by marine rescue.

Men took turns holding boy above water after boat capsized
Men took turns holding boy above water after boat capsized
Men took turns holding boy above water after boat capsized

"It is very lucky that all three were found alive this morning," Queensland Ambulance Service senior operations supervisor Kristy MacAlister said.

"He was suffering from hypothermia because he had been in the water for quite some time," Ms MacAlister said.

"It is always a delicate operation when you're winching a patient that's potentially suffering from hypothermia because, as you winch them out of the water, the wind temperature can also decrease the body temperature further."

9News understands no one on board the boat was wearing a life jacket.

The boat is yet to be recovered.

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