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Family rescued after hours stranded in mangroves

Dad and 3 kids winched to safety

Family rescued after hours stranded in mangroves Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Service Queensland

A pretty scary ordeal for three kids and their dad after getting stranded in mangroves for four hours on Saturday night.

Their jet ski became stuck north of the Gold Coast's Sovereign Island as they were returning home around 6 o'clock from a day out on the water.

Water police weren't able to reach them thanks to the shallow water, so the rescue chopper eventually had to be called to winch them to safety.

They were flown back to the helicopter's Carrara hanger around 10 o'clock and despite being a little cold and scared, they were given the all clear by paramedics before heading home.