Men airlifted from vessel which run aground on Trogolby Reef

Noon: 

COOL heads prevailed and the Mackay trawlers are safe.

After a daring RACQ-CQ chopper rescue, the men were winched to safety around 7.15 this morning.

They were wet, cold, tired but alive.

"It all happened so quickly, but we remained calm," deckhand Kyle Wills said.

The men are shaken by the ordeal and are incredibly thankful to their rescuers.

Read their story in tomorrow's Daily Mercury. 

 

9.15am:

THREE men have been airlifted off a vessel that had run aground on Trogolby Reef this morning.

The vessel, a 15 metre steel trawler, ran aground on the reef this morning at around 2am which is around 80 nautical miles east of Mackay.

The three, aged 20, 28 and 69, were airlifted off the vessel around 7.15am and are reported to be safe and well.

 

6.13am:

POLICE are currently co-ordinating a rescue off the coast of Mackay after a vessel ran aground on Trogolby Reef.

A 15m steel trawler ran aground on the reef this morning at around 2am which is around 80 nautical miles east of Mackay.

The three men on board activated their EPIRB beacon and have been providing updates to the police this morning.

Police are tasking a helicopter at first light to attend the reef to get the men off the vessel.

There are no reported injuries to any of the men on board.

There is no further information available at this stage.



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