Fishermen rescued from dam after four harrowing hours

THREE seniors have been rescued from a Darling Downs dam after treading water for more than four hours after their boat capsized yesterday afternoon.

The alarm was raised with Warwick police about 7.30pm after three seniors failed to return from an afternoon fishing trip on Leslie Dam.

The trio - two men aged 70 and 67, and a woman aged 69 - set out about 5pm across the dam.

But they had failed to return by nightfall, triggering nearby campers to raise the alarm with authorities.

Warwick police Senior Constable Jeremy Lambert said the group had spent four hours treading water clinging to the overturned boat before they were rescued by Warwick SES shortly after 9.40pm.

"The boat was located about 9.40pm by Warwick SES from the western shoreline of the dam and three occupants were also located with the boat," Snr Const. Lambert said.

"All occupants were conscious but suffering from hypothermia.

"The boat capsized about 5.30pm and drifted in the water for about two hours. All were wearing life jackets and had clung to the boat."

He said it appeared one of the men had tried to pull the anchor at which time the boat was hit by a wave, capsizing the vessel.

They were taken to Warwick Hospital by ambulance for treatment of mild hypothermia.

Snr Const. Lambert said Warwick had missed out on the severe storm but it was raining overnight.

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