The father has relived the terrifying ordeal of keeping his seven-year-old son alive after his fishing boat capsized in the early hours of Sunday morning in the middle of winter.
Julian Hohnen was with his father Maike and family friend Stephen Jeacocke when their fishing boat capsized 14km off the coast of Caloundra, on Queensland's Sunshine Coast in June this year.
The trio had set out on a fishing trip on Saturday - but their 5.2m boat began to take water and sank.
Julian Hohnen was with his father Maike and family friend Stephen Jeacocke when their fishing boat capsized about 14km off the coast of Caloundra, on Queensland's Sunshine Coast in the early hours of the morning (pictured, Julian with his father Maike)
The trio had set out on a fishing trip on Saturday afternoon, before their 5.2m vessel began to take on water and sank. Pictured: Julian on a fishing trip before the accident on June 8
Mr Hohnen and family friend Mr Jeacocke took turns to hold the child above the water as they waited for rescue crews.
Mr Hohnen told Daily Mail Australia his son was confident that the group would be rescued.
However after six hours of treading water Julian began to succumb to the cold and began to swallow water.
'To watch him deteriorate and start speaking less and less was terrifying,' Mr Hohnen said.
'He was basically lifeless and I was trying to talk to him. His arms around my neck cramped up and I could put him in whatever position I wanted to.'
Mr Hohnen said he knew his son was conscious as he was spitting out water when he asked him to but he was really cold, pale and breathing heavily.
Eventually, an off-shore tanker spotted the trio in the water at about 8.30am and alerted authorities. The group was winched to safety and immediately transported to hospital for treatment. Pictured: Mr Hohnen is placed onto a stretcher before he is transported to hospital
A distress call had been sent from the boat at about 1.30am on Sunday, though the group had to tread water in the dark for more than six hours before they were finally rescued
A distress call had been sent from the boat at about 1.30am on Sunday, though the group had to tread water in the