Fish­er­man air­lifted af­ter fa­cial in­jury at outer reef pon­toon

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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

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