Family winched to safety after being stranded for hours in Gold Coast waters

A father and his three children were rescued after being stranded on a jet ski in waters off Gold Coast. Picture: Surf Life Saving QLD Twitter page
A father and his three children were rescued after being stranded on a jet ski in waters off Gold Coast. Picture: Surf Life Saving QLD Twitter page

A father and three children have been winched to safety after spending several hours stranded on Gold Coast waters overnight.

The family was heading home from an afternoon out on the water on a jet ski when they took a wrong turn down an estuary and became caught in mangroves north of Sovereign Island.

The family of four were taken back to the Carrara helicopter base and assessed by paramedics after being plucked from their stranded jet ski. Photo: Supplied

The family of four were taken back to the Carrara helicopter base and assessed by paramedics after being plucked from their stranded jet ski. Photo: Supplied

Water police and other rescue crews couldn't reach the family due to shallow water, so the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter was called in and plucked the four from the stranded vessel at about 10pm on Saturday.

The family was assessed by paramedics and given the all-clear.