RACQ Lifeflight Rescue joins search for man overboard

The Bundaberg-based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter has continued its search of waters, off the central Queensland coast, for a man who reportedly fell overboard from a yacht.

Authorities received a mayday call on Saturday (June 27th), from a sail boat, in an area east of Middle Island, in the Gladstone region.

An Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) was activated shortly after the call.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) tasked the RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter to join two other helicopters, an AMSA Challenger Jet, Volunteer Marine Rescue and Queensland Water Police vessels in conducting a large-scale search.

The aeromedical crew searched for several hours, before being stood down for the day.

The RACQ LifeFlight Rescue chopper returned to the search area yesterday (June 28th), and again this morning.

The crew has since been stood down from the mission and flown back to the Bundaberg RACQ LifeFlight Rescue base.