RACQ LifeFlight Rescue finds boatie stranded at sea near Bundaberg
A relieved boatie has been located off the coast of Elliott Heads, after activating an emergency distress beacon this afternoon.
The Bundaberg-based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue chopper was called in to assist with the search, by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, just before 4 o'clock.
Shortly after arriving to the search area, the rescue crew located a 4.8 metre alloy tinnie, with one man on board.
The helicopter was able to hover close to the vessel to confirm its registration, and make sure the boatie was safe.
He told rescuers he'd run out fuel and spent some time drifting, before activating the beacon.
The RACQ LifeFlight Rescue crew notified Volunteer Marine Rescue (VMR) personnel on the ground, and monitored the boat until the rescue vessel arrived.
It's believed VMR then towed the tinnie into shore.
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