12-HR SWIM TO SAVE SHIP PALS.
A FISHERMAN stranded at sea for more than a day when his trawler sank was rescued after his friend swam 12 hours to raise the alarm.
Dad-of-three John Jarrett, 41, desperately clung to a fish tray with skipper Charlie Picton, 40, to stay afloat as 39-year-old deckhand Michael Williams risked shark-infested waters to reach the shore.
John was winched from the ocean by a rescue helicopter after the crew spotted him clinging on for life, exhausted and freezing five miles off New South Wales.
Speaking from his hospital bed, he said: "I was never going to give up. I wanted to see my wife and kids."
Tragically, Charlie could not hold on and vanished.