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Mooloolaba tuna skipper and crew survive frightening freak wave at sea

Skipper Myles McIntosh and his crew have survived a frightening encounter at sea after a freak wave shattered four windows on their tuna long liner, sending water coursing through the Santa Lucia’s cabin. It took two days to travel the 483 kilometres back from Lord Howe Island to their home port of Mooloolaba, for repairs to the gaping holes that exposed the wheelhouse to the elements early this week. “We were just operating, winching up as normal, when a little freak wave built in front of us and hit us the wrong way,” Mr McIntosh said. “It was a bit hairy, smashed a few windows.  The Santa Lucia is one of five long liners in the Walker Seafoods Australia fleet owned by Heidi and Pavo Walker. Mr Walker said the tuna industry was dangerous to invest in, with more challenges than freak waves at sea. click here to read the story 16:24