The Mackay-based RACQ CQ Rescue helicopter has just completed a 2-hour search on the western side of Middle Island in the Percy Group of Isles, 70nm South-East Mackay, for a man reported overboard from a yacht in the early hours of this morning.
RACQ CQ Rescue aircrewman Quinton Rethus said, “We received the call in relation to the search at 0656 this morning and we departed shortly after that for the 35-minute flight to the search area.
Fortunately, the weather is clearer today than it has been for the past week, which made visibility from the helicopter quite good.”
The search location was quite a broad area with the RACQ CQ Rescue helicopter tasked to search on the western side of Middle Island but despite their efforts, they have been unable to locate the missing person as yet.
It’s believed two fixed-wing aircraft will arrive in the search area by midday and three marine vessels including Volunteer Marine Rescue will be on scene by mid-afternoon. The search is now being coordinated by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) in Canberra.
The RACQ CQ Rescue helicopter has returned to Mackay Airport to refuel and await further instructions from AMSA in relation to requirements and search area if the crew are asked to continue the search.