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