Life lost af­ter boat crashes into rocks

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS - By Rory Sheav­ils

A 42-YEAR-OLD Can­non­va­l­ley man died af­ter the boat he was on ran aground around 2am yes­ter­day.

It is thought the 29 foot cruiser hit rocks on the south­ern end of Teague Is­land, with all three men on­board end­ing up in the wa­ter.

Around 6.30am yes­ter­day, a 26-year-old Can­non­vale man and a 27-year-old Capella man were res­cued by pri­vate boats and taken to Hamil­ton Is­land.

The pair were then air lifted to Mackay Hos­pi­tal with non-life threat­en­ing in­juries.

At that time, the third man was still miss­ing with the Whit­sun­day Wa­ter Po­lice co­or­di­nat­ing an air and sea search of the area.

The RACQ CQ Res­cue Hel- icopter left base around 8am, later lo­cat­ing the miss­ing man af­ter spot­ting his high-vis jacket af­ter a 30-minute search.

“At 8.45-8.50am (the VMR boat) ren­dezvoused with the res­cue he­li­copter, and the res­cue he­li­copter could see a per­son in the wa­ter,” VMR Whit­sun­day vice-pres­i­dent Mal Pri­day said.

“They di­rected the res­cue boat to (the body) and they picked it up.

“We had a para­medic on board, and he de­clared un­for­tu­nately the per­son was de­ceased.

“We did re­turn the de­ceased per­son back to Abell Point.”

At the time of go­ing to print, the two other men were still be­ing as­sessed at Mackay Hos­pi­tal.

TRAGIC: A Vol­un­teer Marine Res­cue boat re­cov­ers the body of a 42-year-old Can­non­va­l­ley man.

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