Sailor and his boat fall victim to seas

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A determined skipper unwilling to abandon ship was eventually forced to watch as seas battered his boat into submission off Fraser Island, near Australian coast.

Mechanical failure is expected to be blamed for the boat's bitter end and its operator calling for assistance from island police.

"He was advised that if his situation deteriorated during the night to activate emergency signals — EPIRB or flares — which he did so just before 1 a.m. this morning," an investigating officer told The Fraser Coast Chronicle.

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