Four Fisherman Found Safe After Boat Overturns At St Bees

RACQ CQ Rescue has found four stranded fishermen on a remote beach after their boat overturned near St Bees Island this morning.

 The Mackay-based rescue helicopter service was tasked about 7am after an EPIRB was activated about 40km north-east of Mackay near St Bees island.

The helicopter crew departed Mackay Airport and were able to hone in on the distress beacon signal very quickly, pinpointing the location with 10 minutes of departure.

The RACQ CQ Rescue crew spotted four men walking along the shoreline with their esky and fishing rods on Aspatria Island, immediately south-east of St Bees Island. One was carrying the EPIRB in his hand.

The seven-metre centre-console boat they had been aboard was seen overturned and slowly sinking about 40 metres offshore from the island on a coral reef.

RACQ CQ Rescue contacted Volunteer Marine Rescue to report the four fishermen had been located safe and well. A Queensland Fisheries vessel nearby despatched a tender to retrieve the men from the island and to meet VMR Rescue 5 which was en route from Mackay Harbour.

RACQ CQ Rescue returned to base at 8.30am.