Life lost after boat crashes into rocks
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.