Missing runners found after night lost in Sunshine Coast bush land

The Sunshine Coast RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter crew has located two missing men, after they became lost, while running in bush land yesterday (Wednesday 12 March).

The pair, one aged in his sixties and the other in his seventies, set off with a group on a trail run, south of Kawana Way, in the afternoon.

It’s believed they became separated from the other runners a short time later and couldn’t find their way back to a track.

The Sunshine Coast RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter was tasked at first light, this morning, by Queensland Police Service (QPS).

RACQ LifeFlight Rescue Pilot, Brent Hall, said the chopper crew had been searching for about 40 minutes, when they spotted the men.

“They were well off the track and waving at us.”

The men told their rescuers they huddled together, to keep warm, overnight.

“They were only in running gear and it had been raining all night, so they were very wet, but in really good spirits and had big smiles on their faces when the chopper landed,” Mr Hall said.

The sound of the helicopter early this morning, gave the men hope help was on the way.

“The guys told us they heard us, then saw the yellow and blue helicopter and started waving.”

A Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) Flight Paramedic assessed the pair, who were found to be uninjured.

They were then flown to a QPS search command post.