Truckie and mate took turns holding Julian, 7, above water
THE trio who spent six-hours clinging onto an esky in winter waters off Caloundra yesterday have been identified.
Elimbah truck driver Maike Hohnen, 38, his young son Julian, and Mr Hohnen's friend Stephen Jeacocke, 48, were about 14km off the coast of Caloundra on a fishing trip on Saturday afternoon when their boat started taking on water.
A distress call was sent from the 5.2-metre vessel just after 1.30am yesterday morning sparking a large search and rescue mission.
The three took turns to holding onto Julian, 7, clinging onto an esky for six hours.