Man winched to safety

A YACHTSMAN had to be airlifted from his boat off the coast of Bundaberg due to a case of hypothermia yesterday morning.

The 74-year-old man activated an EPIRB to raise the alarm.

Volunteer Marine Rescue radio operator and secretary Josie Meng said the distress signal was received about 11am.

A Brisbane based Emergency Management Queensland Rescue Helicopter was deployed to the yacht which was located about 20 nautical miles off the Bundaberg coast.

“A crew was deployed under the direction of the water police to attend the vessel,” Ms Meng said.

“The crew towed the vessel back.”

Ms Meng said seas were between one and half and two metres.

“It was quite choppy,” she said.

“Conditions weren't brilliant but that's where the training comes in handy.”

The rescue helicopter took the man to Bundaberg Hospital where he was treated for a mild case of hypothermia.

The 27-foot-long yacht will be kept at Round Hill until the owners are able to move it.

Ms Meng said the incident highlighted the importance of using the Volunteer Marine Rescue service.

“Logging in to VMR really does have its advantages,” she said.

“We had no idea this vessel was travelling up the coast and we may have been able to respond quicker if we knew he was there. Logging on and off can save lives.”

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