Elimbah truck driver Maike Hohnen, 38, his young son JulianElimbah truck driver Maike Hohnen, 38, his young son Julian were lost at seas off Caloundra for six hours yesterday.
Elimbah truck driver Maike Hohnen, 38, his young son JulianElimbah truck driver Maike Hohnen, 38, his young son Julian were lost at seas off Caloundra for six hours yesterday. Contributed

Rescued Elimbah boy's condition improves

UPDATE 3:45PM: JULIAN Hohnen's condition has slightly improved this afternoon at the Queensland Children's Hospital, more than 24 hours after he was pulled from waters off Caloundra.

His condition is now marked as "serious" instead of critical.

The 7-year-old was transported to the Brisbane hospital last night where he was fighting for life, battling hypothermia.

Julian, his father Maike, and family friend Stephen Jeococke, were on a fishing trip when their 5m tinnie capsized.

The trio spent six hours in open winter seas, and all suffered hypothermic shock.

Elimbah boy, Julian Hohnen.
Elimbah boy, Julian Hohnen.

EARLIER: 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.

READ: Boy, 7, fights for life after clinging to esky for hours

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 boat Gilly's Hammer took on water just nine nautical miles from the Caloundra coastline before capsizing.

 

Elimbah truck driver Maike Hohnen, 38, his young son JulianElimbah truck driver Maike Hohnen, 38, his young son Julian were lost at seas off Caloundra for six hours yesterday.
Elimbah truck driver Maike Hohnen, 38, his young son JulianElimbah truck driver Maike Hohnen, 38, his young son Julian were lost at seas off Caloundra for six hours yesterday. Contributed

READ: Missing men 'lucky to be alive', boy in critical condition

The three took turns to holding onto Julian, 7, clinging onto an esky for six hours.

Julian was flown to hospital with serious hypothermia and remains in an induced coma.

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