Rescuers kept busy in skies above our region
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.