Fisherman airlifted after facial injury at outer reef pontoon
A VICTORIAN fisherman is back on dry land after being winched to safety by the RACQ CQ Rescue helicopter on Saturday afternoon.
The 38-year-old man had been fishing in a dory near Knuckle Reef when the anchor chain snapped, whipping him in the face.
The man was able to get back to the main boat and the crew radioed for help.
The injured man suffered deep lacerations to the right side of his face.
However, he was conscious and walking around when medical help arrived.
The man was transported by boat to a diving pontoon, with a RACQ CQ Rescue crewman winched down to secure the man’s safety harness.
On board the aircraft, the man was given pain relief by a doctor and paramedic.
The helicopter arrived at Mackay Base Hospital at around 5.50pm with the injured man in a stable condition.
The man spent the night in hospital before being discharged on Sunday.
RESCUE: The RACQ CQ Rescue Helicopter approaches the pontoon at Knuckle Reef. Photo RACQ CQ Rescue