Chopper in search and rescue mission near Baffle Creek

IT HAS been an incredibly busy start to the new year for RACQ CareFlight Rescue operations across southern Queensland, with crews expertly executing four highly specialised missions over the past 24 hours, including a search and rescue mission north of Bundaberg this morning.

The Bundaberg RACQ CareFlight Rescue helicopter was tasked on a search and rescue mission just before 7.30am this morning after an Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) signal was detected three kilometres off the coast, near the mouth of the remote Baffle Creek, 90 kilometres north of Bundaberg.

Upon conducting the search, it was discovered that three men had made it back to shore after their aluminium fishing had capsized.

The men had reportedly clung to the side of their upturned boat, and had received assistance from a nearby homestead upon reaching land again.

The CareFlight crew assessed the condition of all three men after landing on the beach, whereupon it was decided that they would not require transport to hospital.