The Sunshine Coast-based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter spotted the trio, who had been picked up by a nearby catamaran, shortly after they abandoned their 13 metre charter boat.
The helicopter hovered overhead, liaising with the people on board the catamaran and communicating with other emergency services about the men’s location.
“We stayed above them to ensure everyone was safe and directed the Tin Can Bay Volunteer Marine Rescue crew to the vessels. We waited until we saw all three men were safely aboard the VMR boat, then returned to our base,” said RACQ LifeFlight Rescue Aircrew Officer Dan King.
RACQ LifeFlight Rescue’s Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) paramedic, who is part of the on-board critical care team spoke with one of the rescued fishermen via radio about some medical concerns, but there were no serious injuries reported.
The RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter was originally called in by Australian Search and Rescue (AUSSAR) just after 5.15am this morning. The crew spotted the men less than half an hour after take-off.