Praise for two hikers after Fraser Island rescue

AIRCREWMEN of the RACQ CareFlight Rescue chopper have praised two hikers who had to be saved after one became ill on Fraser Island.

Bundaberg's RACQ CareFlight Rescue responded to an activated emergency beacon on Fraser Island at 11.45am yesterday.

The rescue helicopter flew to the beacon co-ordinates and found the two men situated 10km north of Lake Wabby.

The two men, aged 25 and 26, were experienced hikers and had laid out a reflective blanket so the helicopter could spot them in the dense canopy of trees.

A CareFlight spokesman said the emergency beacon was activated after one hiker had fallen ill and whose condition had worsened overnight.

"An aircrewman and paramedic were winched down to the hikers and then extracted the sick man and transported him to Hervey Bay Hospital for treatment," he said.

The rescue helicopter then refuelled and returned to winch the second man and return him to the mainland with his companion.

RACQ CareFlight Rescue Aircrewmen and pilots praised the two men for their excellent hiking skills and smart thinking.