Res­cuers kept busy in skies above our re­gion

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

RACQ CQ Res­cue had a rough week­end, with four res­cue mis­sions in­clud­ing three in the Whit­sun­days near Hay­man Is­land, Proser­pine and Bowen.

An ac­tive bea­con near Hay­man Is­land was the first mis­sion, about 10.30am on Satur­day.

The res­cue crew could see from the air that the ves­sel did not ap­pear to be in dis­tress, how­ever, it could not es­tab­lish ra­dio con­tact with the boat, and a Vol­un­teer Marine Res­cue crew was on the way, so the he­li­copter headed to Hamil­ton Is­land to re­fuel be­fore re­turn­ing to Mackay.

Also on Satur­day, a 2.40pm job at Cler­mont did not even­tu­ate be­cause the he­li­copter and crew were di­verted to Proser­pine to trans­fer a 73-year-old pa­tient to the Mackay Base Hos­pi­tal.

On Sun­day about 5.30am, the he­li­copter was called to the bulk car­rier Night Kiss to re­trieve a 42-year-old Filipino man who re­quired ur­gent med­i­cal care.

The 292m cargo ship was moored 20 nau­ti­cal miles from Bowen.

The pa­tient was winched from the ves­sel and taken to Mackay Base Hos­pi­tal.

The mis­sion af­ter the winched sea­man was to Mo­ran­bah where the he­li­copter res­cue crew flew a 48-year-old man to Mackay Base Hos­pi­tal.


DEL­I­CATE MOVE: A sick pa­tient is winched from a bulk car­rier by RACQ CQ Res­cue crew.

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