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RACQ LifeFlight Rescue called in after boat fire

Bundaberg's RACQ LifeFlight Rescue chopper has returned to base, after being called in to assist with a marine incident, off the coast of Gladstone this morning.

The rescue chopper was called into action just before 9:30am, following reports a boat, which had been carrying fourteen people, had caught fire.

The aeromedical crew was stood down, after it was established all people on board had been safely evacuated to another vessel.

A short time later, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority called in the Bundaberg-based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter again, when it was reported the second vessel had overturned.

RACQ LifeFlight Rescue pilot Peter Marris says all fourteen people were safely out of the water, when the Bundaberg-based chopper arrived at the scene.

"There was about one and a half metre swell, so it wouldn't have been pleasant for the people in the water," he said. 

It's believed one person was rescued by another helicopter service and the rest of the group had been collected by a Queensland Police Service boat.