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RACQ Lifeflight Rescue joins search for man overboard

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RACQ Lifeflight Rescue joins search for man overboard

The Bundaberg-based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter has joined the search of waters off the central Queensland coast, for a man who reportedly fell overboard from a yacht.

Authorities received a mayday call this morning, 27 June, from a sail boat, in an area east of Middle Island in the Gladstone Region.

An Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) was activated shortly after the call.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) tasked the helicopter to join two other helicopters, an AMSA Challenger Jet, Volunteer Marine Rescue and Queensland Water Police vessels in conducting a large-scale search.

The rescue chopper flew in an extensive grid pattern and located the kayak some distance from the larger vessel.

The aeromedical crew searched for several hours, before refuelling, then returning to continue assisting in the search.

The RACQ LifeFlight mission is still underway this afternoon.

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