Rescuers Land on Reef 150 Km Offshore to Airlift Patient

RACQ CQ Rescue has today landed on a remote coral reef 150 km offshore to airlift a patient with a serious medical condition.

The Mackay-based rescue helicopter was tasked about 8.30am to transfer a 68-year-old Cannonvale man from a fishing charter vessel near Creal Reef. The man was in severe pain and required treatment at Mackay Base Hospital.


Creal Reef is an active lighthouse location guiding ships into Hydrographers Passage, a deep water shipping channel east of Mackay.

RACQ CQ Rescue arrived at the scene with a doctor and intensive care paramedic aboard and landed on a sandbar at the centre of the exposed coral reef about 9.30am.

An RACQ CQ Rescue spokesperson said it took about 10 minutes to load and secure the patient into the aircraft after he was delivered to the reef by the charter boat crew. The rescue helicopter departed and arrived at Mackay Base Hospital about 10.30 am.

RACQ CQ Rescue returned to base at 11.20 am.