Distress beacon near Percy Isles

At 4.45am the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) contacted the service to locate a distress beacon which had been activated […]

At 4.45am the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) contacted the service to locate a distress beacon which had been activated in the vicinity of the Percy Isles some 100nm to the NE of Rockhampton. Departing at first light, the CHR helicopter arrived on scene around 07:00 whereupon the beacon signal was identified immediately. A search was conducted of the island in the immediate vicinity where large amounts of debris, a rubber dinghy and life jackets were discovered. After searching the high ground of the island further, both the boat owner and his partner were seen climbing to a peak on the island. A quick assessment was made by the flightcrew and the rescue crewman was sent down to winch the couple to safety. The onboard paramedic then assessed both rescued members for any signs of hypothermia and/or shock enroute back to Rockhampton.

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