Groomsmen Rescue Fisherman as Boat Capsizes During Wedding Photos

Friday, 09 May 2014 12:57 PM

By Michael Mullins

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Two groomsmen rescued a fisherman during an Australian wedding celebration Monday, stripping off their tuxes and running into the water to help him.

The rescue occurred at Palm Cove in Queensland, Australia, when wedding videographer Glenn Saggers noticed a commotion in the water behind the wedding party, prompting newlyweds Aaron and Jo-Anne Easterbrook and their friends to turn just as the fishing boat off the coast capsized, ABC News reported.

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Without hesitation, groomsmen Dougal "Doogs" Grey and Clayton "Deani" Deane, who at the time were posing for photos, responded by stripping off their tuxes and running into the waves to rescue the fisherman.

"Deani was first," Easterbrook told the local Cairns Post. "They helped the guy then went back to get the boat and outboard motor, and all the other bits and pieces that were in the boat like fuel containers and tackle boxes."

According to Easterbrook, the fisherman wasn't in the water for long and was still conscious when the groomsman brought him to shore.

"I think he was a bit shocked … exhausted but grateful," Easterbrook added, referring to the rescued man, whose name was not reported.

Coincidentally, it was fishing that reportedly first brought the couple together some seven years earlier, according to Jo-Anne Easterbrook.

"Fishing brought us together and our love for our bush and town. I guess we both found our perfect catch," she told the Cairns Post.

Following the reception, the newlyweds reportedly left for their nine-day Fiji honeymoon.

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