A MAN was forced to leave the bodies of his parents and swim through shark-infested waters after a horrific fishing accident.
Ryan Oostryck was faced with the agonising decision to abandon the bodies of mum Jan and dad Bob after their fishing boat capsized off the coast of Australia.
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Ryan Oostryck was forced to leave the bodies of his parents and swim through shark-infested waters with his girlfriend[/caption]
Jan and Bob died when their fishing boat capsized off the coast of Australia[/caption]
Ryan and girlfriend Anastasia swam three kilometres to shore before raising the alarm with a group of campers.
Officials say the swim took “hours”.
Pilbara District Acting Superintendent Mark Flesken said: “The younger couple made it to the surface.
“Shortly afterwards the couple in their 70s came to surface but unfortunately at that point in time it appeared they had passed away.
The young couple then made “a fairly lengthy swim of about 3km — it took them quite a few hours”.
“I’m not aware of the actual size of the waves or whether they could be classified as freak, but they were certainly strong enough to knock the boat and capsize the boat,” the officer said.
“At this time of the year, especially out this way, the weather is beautiful and my message to all boat users is enjoy yourself but be prepared.”
The Oostryck family said the boat was fully stocked with safety equipment.
However, when it suddenly capsized, those on board couldn’t get to it.
One friend wrote on Facebook: “RIP together, may your days now be to look over other fishing buddies.
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“Our deepest sympathy to Ryan and Anastasia who were also on the boat. I cannot imagine the pain you are in right now.”
Sharks can be found in the waters surrounding every stretch of Australia’s coastline.
The most common species spotted in Aussie oceans are great whites, whale sharks, zebra sharks and tiger sharks.
A ‘freak wave’ may be responsible for overturning the family’s boat[/caption]
The couple were lost at sea after their vessel capsized[/caption]