Abandoned canoe sparks search

The Sunshine Coast-based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter was tasked by the Queensland Water Police, shortly after 11am today, to search an area of Moreton Bay, from Bribie Island to Redcliffe, after a vessel reported seeing a canoe with some personal belongings in it and no person on board.

The helicopter crew searched for more than two hours, before they returned to base to refuel and head back out to the search area. The crew headed back out to conduct their second search shortly before 3pm. 

2018 was a record year for LifeFlight for lifesaving missions with its aeromedical crews, community helicopters and Air Ambulance jets performing a record 5,724 missions throughout Queensland and around the world.