Body re­trieved: man dies of heart at­tack at sea

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

THE des­per­ate search for a 75-year-old man on a cata­ma­ran be­lieved to have suf­fered a heart at­tack re­sulted in the retrieval of a body by Whit­sun­day Wa­ter Po­lice.

The Whit­sun­day Vol­un­teer Marine Res­cue (VMR), CQ Res­cue he­li­copter and other ves­sels were called out early on Satur­day morn­ing to help search for the man who had called emer­gency ser­vices via VHF ra­dio say­ing he was hav­ing a heart at­tack.

It’s be­lieved the Queens­land Po­lice Ser­vice (QPS) re­ceived the 000 call at about 4am and that the boatie, who was suf­fer­ing chest pain, col­lapsed while on the phone.

VMR Whit­sun­day Vice Pre- sident Mal Pri­day said un­for­tu­nately the man was un­able to give a lo­ca­tion so the search be­gan through­out Muddy Bay, Air­lie Beach and Can­non­vale’s an­chor­ages.

VMR1 left at first light, searched Muddy Bay, ran back to­wards Abell Point Ma­rina and had al­ready picked up two paramedics when the base re­ceived a call at 7am from a ves­sel in Ma­cona In­let on Hook Is­land, re­spond­ing to the VHF Se­cu­rité calls.

“They said there was a ves­sel nearby that looked like the one we were look­ing for, and they were send­ing a crew over to check,” Mr Pri­day said.

“They re­ported back shortly there­after that it was in- deed the tar­get ves­sel, but un­for­tu­nately the only per­son on board was de­ceased.”

The po­lice re­cov­ered the body while the VMR brought the cata­ma­ran back to Abell Point Ma­rina, fin­ish­ing the task at 5.15pm.

“(It was) a long and sad day for all in­volved,” Mr Pri­day said.

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