A rescue chopper is being sent out to the Swain Reef to assist with a winch rescue. Photo: RACQ CAPRICORN RESCUE
A rescue chopper is being sent out to the Swain Reef to assist with a winch rescue. Photo: RACQ CAPRICORN RESCUE

UPDATE: 72yo man in hospital after 4.5 hour chopper rescue

Update 4pm: 

A 72-year-old man is in hospital in a serious condition following a four and a half hour rescue mission from the RACQ Capricorn Rescue Helicopter. The chopper was called at 10.08am for a stretcher winch retrieval of the man who was unconscious on a fishing charter vessel near Heron Island - 110 nautical miles off the coast of Rockhampton. The man was part of a group of up to 20 fishing in the Swain Reefs area when he became unwell. Symptoms of a medical condition began on Monday night with the call to emergency services this morning. The man was flown to Rockhampton Base Hospital in a serious condition with no physical signs of injury. 

Initial 11.55am: 

THE RACQ Capricorn Helicopter has been tasked to assist with a winch recovery off the coast of Gladstone.

A Queensland Ambulance Service spokesman said the helicopter had been called to assist with a medical incident on a boat out at sea earlier today.

The Rescue 300 is expected to meet the meet a fishing charter heading in from Swain Reef about 90 nautical miles from Heron Island for a stretcher winch recovery.

More to come.



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