Close call for women in inflatable
TWO Gold Coast women had to be rescued after they capsized an inflatable boat off Fraser Island on Saturday afternoon.
One, a 27-year-old, was floating face down when beachgoers pulled her from the water, while her 24-year-old friend was also assisted back to the beach near Eurong suffering from exhaustion.
The pair was airlifted by the AGL Action Rescue helicopter to Hervey Bay Hospital.
A hospital spokesman said they were discharged early yesterday.
The incident was one in a string of near-drownings AGL crew attended over 24 hours, prompting them to issue a warning to Easter holiday makers to take care around the water.
"People really need to exercise some caution when they're around water," said intensive RACQ Care Flight paramedic Mick Webster.
"Always swim between the red and yellow flags, never mix water sports and alcohol and make sure children have constant adult supervision."
The Maroochydore-based helicopter flew to the aid of the two Gold Coast women, while the Bundaberg-based helicopter also airlifted a man after he got into difficulty off Agnes Water.
The 78-year-old Victorian tourist was helped from the water by his son.
He was flown to Bundaberg hospital in a stable condition.
Also on Saturday the rescue helicopter airlifted a six-year-old boy from Noosa Hospital to the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital in a critical condition.
The boy had been swimming at a resort pool.