Passengers have narrow escape after balloon almost capsizes

Passengers have narrow escape after balloon almost capsizes
Melbourne: 11 passengers of a hot air balloon narrowly survived when the balloon steered off course and ended up landing in the middle of Melbourne's Port Phillip Bay on Thursday.

The balloon which was supposed to land at St. Kilda beach, missed its landing and was pushed further out into the sea by the winds.

A police search and rescue boat was sent after the balloon. While the passengers were transferred into the boat, the pilot and his balloon were towed to land amid strong offshore winds.

All 11 passengers were uninjured and after hitting the shore, could see the lighter side of the events.

"We knew we could jump ship, it's just we wanted to save our snaps from the holiday. So, we just didn't want to go swimming, that's all", said Rebecca Kerr, one of the passengers rescued from the balloon.