A Shepparton man has been found safe and well after a search at Waranga Basin this afternoon.FIONA BROOM December 28, 2011 5:58pm
A Shepparton man who went missing from his pontoon at Waranga Basin this afternoon has been found safe and well.
The 37-year-old was boating with his wife and children when the wind picked up about 5pm.
The boat's transon was disabled and its fuel tank broke away.
The man jumped into the water without a life jacket to try to retrieve the fuel tank when he was swept away.
He was able to use the plastic fuel tank as a flotation device, swim to shore and seek help from a nearby farmhouse. He was in the water for about 20 minutes.
His wife and four children, aged between six and 12, were left on the pontoon. They were all wearing life jackets.
Members of the public helped tow their vessel to shore.
Echuca police Sergeant John Trebilcock said no-one received injuries, but the mother was treated for cramps and minor shock.
''She was more concerned he would float away,'' Sgt Trebilcock said.
He said people needed to be aware of conditions when boating.
''Check weather conditions and any changes of wind when boating on open water,'' he said.
''Make sure your boating rules and regulations are up-to-date and you have communication devices that will help locate you.
''It was a good outcome.''
Sgt Trebilcock thanked the members of the public who helped keep the family safe.
Murchison and Rushworth State Emergency Service units attended, as well as Rushworth, Kyabram and Echuca police.
The police Air Wing was called in, but cancelled when it was near the basin.
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