Man Dies and Two Others Injured when Boat Overturns

A Bowen fisherman has died and another was trapped in the hull of a boat after it overturned off Bowen today.

RACQ CQ Rescue was tasked about 10.30am that a six-metre, the half-cabin boat had overturned about two kilometres offshore from Flagstaff Hill. Initial reports suggested five people had been aboard when it capsized.

When the Mackay-based helicopter arrived, there were two tugboats, a Volunteer Marine Rescue vessel, a private boat and a pilot vessel already on scene assisting with the operation to rescue the three local people who had actually been aboard.

The RACQ CQ Rescue crew winched a Critical Care Paramedic (CCP) from the helicopter down to a boat to perform CPR on a person in critical condition. He later died at the scene.

Another man sustained only minor injuries when the boat capsized, but a third man had to be freed from the hull of the overturned boat by divers. Both boaties, believed to be in their thirties, were later transferred to Bowen Hospital aboard a tugboat and were accompanied by the paramedic from RACQ CQ Rescue.

The rescue helicopter departed Bowen Airfield about 2.30pm and refuelled at Proserpine before returning to base in Mackay about 3.30pm.