Two people have been rescued from a sinking boat off the Pilbara coast by a crew sent to help from Chevron’s nearby oil and gas operations. At about 5.30pm on Sunday a distress signal was received by the Chevron facility for a vessel that was sinking with a man and woman onboard near Onslow. The Svitzer Seara, piloted by Mike Waters and Thomas Ball, left the Wheatstone tug pens after receiving the distress call and the co-ordinates with less than an hour left of light. The crew arrived within 15 minutes and discovered an upturned vessel with two passengers onboard and in a healthy condition but with early stages of hypothermia. The Svitzer crew provided dry towels, clothing and water to the man and woman. The tug towed the vessel to Beadon Creek, where an ambulance was waiting and the couple were assisted by St John Ambulance volunteers. Wheatstone Marine superintendent John Meade said the organisation was glad to help. “Our residential Wheatstone workforce are active members of the Onslow local community, like health, safety and environment specialist Cam Bartram, who was among the St John Ambulance volunteers that assisted the rescued passengers,” he said. Svitzer Australia North West superintendent Jerome Gubbels said the quick response pilot boat team was instrumental to the safe and time-sensitive rescue. “There is great relief with this outcome, which demonstrates the readiness for emergency situations of our Svitzer Pilot boat team stationed at the Port of Ashburton and Barrow Island, well done to Mike and Tom and the local Chevron team,” he said.