Stuck At Low Tide

30/05/19 – Just after 1am this morning, an EPIRB device was activated from a vessel off Heron Island. RACQ Capricorn Rescue was consequently tasked by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority to search for the vessel and any potential persons on board.


A 21ft boat was located and found to be stuck on the reef in the low tide. Rescue 300 crew were instructed by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority to wait until first light to attempt to board the vessel. Our crew returned to Gladstone for fuel before commencing the task again.

Unable to establish communications with the persons onboard the vessel, our rescue crewman was winched on board to find one individual who required medical assistance from the Intensive Care Paramedic; who was then winched onto the vessel. As the tide rose and the boat was able to be moved off the reef, our Rescue crewman along with the Intensive Care Paramedic and patient returned to Heron Island for further assistance from the Island’s nurse. The patient was stabilised before being airlifted back to Rockhampton.

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