RACQ LifeFlight Rescue assists boatie on board damaged vessel

A boatie has been rescued from the ocean, near Bundaberg, following a multi-agency response, this morning (Weds 30th Dec).

The Bundaberg RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter crew was called to the area, after the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), was notified of a vessel in distress.

The rescue chopper flew to specific coordinates, approximately 50km off the coast, just after 8:30am.

When the crew arrived, they could see the trimaran had been badly damaged.

After speaking with the skipper and sole occupant, the RACQ LifeFlight Rescue crew determined he was uninjured and didn’t require medical assistance.

The LifeFlight crew liaised with AMSA and it was decided the chopper would hover over the vessel, until the Bundaberg Volunteer Marine Rescue (VMR) boat arrived.

A dedicated AMSA surveillance aircraft flew to the scene to assist, as well.

The VMR crew made it to the area around 11:30am and towed the damaged vessel to shore.

It’s the second ocean rescue RACQ LifeFlight Rescue crews have been involved in, in the past 24 hours.

Yesterday evening, the Sunshine Coast RACQ LifeFlight Rescue chopper assisted a man who was found standing on top of a navigation beacon, off the coast of Bribie Island, after his boat ran aground.