A Lonely Night At Sea

A Lonely Night At Sea

American Levi Verwoest was rescued from open water about 50km offshore by RACQ CQ Rescue after spending a cold and dark night sitting atop his overturned boat.

Shortly after sunset on November 21 last year, while on a starboard tack from Middle Percy Island and headed towards Sarina, the hatch cover on the foredeck of the vessel came free. The hull of the boat started to fill with water and, once awash, the vessel jibed and capsized.

The 29-year-old Hawaiian had been sailing his 23-foot catamaran ‘Isis’ along the Queensland coast when he noticed the boat slowing and taking on water at sunset yesterday, about 40km south of Mackay between Cape Palmerston and Knight Island.

Forever Grateful To Rescue Crew

Forever Grateful To Rescue Crew

Justine Barwick had enjoyed a beautiful day at stunning Whitehaven Beach in the Whitsundays and was taking a refreshing swim in the cool waters of Cid Harbour when her life changed forever.

Only minutes later she lay helplessly bleeding on a boat, a huge chunk bitten from her right thigh by a shark, facing the possibility that she was going to die.

The 46-year-old Tasmanian was holidaying in the Whitsundays with her husband of 26 years, Craig, friend Lynne Moran and another couple. It was their sixth year escaping a Tasmanian winter to relax and enjoy the Whitsundays with family and friends.

I'm Incredibly Lucky To Be Alive

I'm Incredibly Lucky To Be Alive

When Jofe Graham-Jenkins hadn’t arrived home by 7.40pm on September 6 last year, his wife Lorna knew something was wrong.

The 51-year-old was always incredibly punctual and courteous if he was going to be late home from work. It wasn’t until two-and-a-half hours later that her worst fears were realised. Jofe had been involved in a very serious motor vehicle accident near Moranbah and was now fighting for life in Townsville hospital.

Honouring A Son’s Legacy

Honouring A Son’s Legacy

Even after his death following a tragic accident last year, Jake Gibbons is still helping others.

The 31-year-old had his organs donated to five people after he fell and was critically injured while abseiling with a friend at The Leap, near Mackay on October 2.

A keen hiker, computer whiz and budding historian, Jake is remembered by his proud parents Tania and Kevin Gibbons as a passionate gentle giant who loved a laugh.

The Only Way Out Was Up

The Only Way Out Was Up

It was meant to be an enjoyable afternoon walk to the top of one of Mackay’s most famous landmarks on September 2 last year.

But after ascending the rough, dirt track with three walking companions and admiring the extraordinary view at the top of The Leap, about 20km north-west of Mackay, things took a turn for the worse for schoolteacher Helen Taylor.

Survivor Defies The Odds

Survivor Defies The Odds

At the precipice of becoming a teenager, it can be a challenging time for any 12-year-old girl as they learn to handle new emotions but Hannah Papps displays determination, resilience and strength well beyond her young years.

On September 20 last year, the Victorian school girl was sailing on a chartered yacht in the Whitsundays with her father, two older brothers and other family members who were visiting from New Zealand when she was bitten by a shark.