The Sunshine Coast-based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter is assisting police with searches.
The Sunshine Coast-based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter is assisting police with searches. Sarah Dionysius

Man rescued after lost at sea for almost 24 hours

UPDATE 3.30pm: A BOATIE has rescued by chopper after being stranded at sea for almost 24 hours off waters at Noosa.

The vessel's engine reportedly lost power and the man's boat began to take on water around 3.30pm yesterday.

Queensland Police Service called in the RACQ LifeFlight Rescue Helicopter to assist with the search.

Pilot Andrew Caton said the crew joined the search at around 1pm today and were successful. 

"We first searched Noosa headland and as we were tracking towards Double Island Point, we located the vessel," he said.

The chopper crew then helped guide the Volunteer Coastguard and a lifeguard on a jet ski to the vessel, which was a couple of miles from the Noosa river mouth.

Rescuers say the man was very hungry, but reported to be in good health after his night on the water.

 

EARLIER: QUEENSLAND Police and RACQ LifeFlight Rescue are searching for a boatie reportedly broken down and drifting at sea near Noosa.

A Queensland Police spokesman said officers were called on Sunday by the boatie but have since found no evidence of the boat or passenger.

Surf life savers and the coast guard conducted an over night search, but found no reports of the boat, the spokesman said.

The Sunshine Coast-based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter has this afternoon been tasked to assist police with their enquiries.

The QPS spokesman said no one had been reported missing, but enquiries were continuing.

More to come.



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