Bowen fisherman dies, two in hospital after boat capsizes

What we know:

  • A boat capsized 1.5km off Bowen Harbour about 10.30am
  • It was first thought five people were involved but later confirmed three were involved
  • One person was confirmed dead just after 1pm
  • Two others, a 29 and a 26-year-old male, have been transported to Bowen Hospital by paramedics
  • RACQ CQ Rescue, one VMR boat, two tugs, a private boat and a pilot vessel were involved in the rescue

 

UPDATE 4PM: An RACQ CQ Rescue spokeswoman has confirmed a Bowen fisherman has died and another was trapped in the hull of a boat after it overturned off Bowen today.

RACQ CQ Rescue was tasked about 10.30am that a six-metre, half-cabin boat had overturned about two kilometres offshore from Flagstaff Hill.

One person died when a boat capsized near Bowen this morning. Photo: Contributed.
One person died when a boat capsized near Bowen this morning. Photo: Contributed.

Initial reports suggested five people had been aboard when it capsized.

The spokeswoman said when the helicopter arrived, there were two tug boats, a Volunteer Marine Rescue vessel, a private boat and a pilot vessel already on scene assisting with the operation to rescue the three local people who had actually been aboard.

The RACQ CQ Rescue crew winched a Critical Care Paramedic (CCP) from the helicopter down to a boat to perform CPR on a person in critical condition.

He later died at the scene.

Another man sustained only minor injuries when the boat capsized, but a third man had to be freed from the hull of the overturned boat by divers.

Both boaties, believed to be in their thirties, were later transferred to Bowen Hospital aboard a tug boat and were accompanied by the paramedic from RACQ CQ Rescue.

The rescue helicopter departed Bowen Airfield about 2.30pm and refuelled at Proserpine before returning to base in Mackay about 3.30pm.

 

 

UPDATE 2PM: The boat involved is currently being towed back to Bowen Harbour, police said.

Police confirmed three men were involved in the marine incident that occurred 1.5km from the Bowen Harbour

 

UPDATE: 1.10PM: One man has died following the capsize of a boat near Bowen, police said.

Two other men have been transferred to Bowen Hospital in a stable condition.

Police divers have freed all the passengers previously trapped in the boats' hull.

It was previously reported five people were on board the boat, however, it is now believed there were only three. 

UPDATE 12.45PM: A QAS spokeswoman said one patient in a critical condition is being brought ashore by VMR and CPR is in process critical condition.

She said two patients are being treated by paramedics while two people are still unaccounted for.

Boat capsized at Bowen. Photo Bowen Independent.
Boat capsized at Bowen. Photo Bowen Independent.

 

UPDATE 12.20pm:  A paramedic has been winched down to a boat to perform CPR as two people are still trapped under boat, CQ Rescue said.

A Volunteer Marine Rescue spokesman said a diver is searching the hull of a capsized boat looking for trapped people.

He said "details were very sketchy" at this point, but he believes the diver to be a member of the public.

He also believes two people have been injured, but had no further details.

One VMR boat, two tugs, a private boat and a pilot vessel are believed to be helping the stricken boat. 

RACQ CQ Rescue was tasked to rescue a group of people after their boat capsized off Bowen today. Photo: Bowen Independent
RACQ CQ Rescue was tasked to rescue a group of people after their boat capsized off Bowen today. Photo: Bowen Independent Contributed

 

UPDATE 12.10PM: Two people are being treated by paramedics and two people are still unaccounted for QAS said.

The incident occurred 1.5km from Bowen Harbour.

 

UPDATE 11.50am: A QAS spokesman said paramedics are on standby after a boat capsized in Bowen.

He said one person is still trapped in the hull and one person is out and walking around.

RACQ CQ Rescue was tasked to rescue a group of people after their boat capsized off Bowen today. Photo: Bowen Independent
RACQ CQ Rescue was tasked to rescue a group of people after their boat capsized off Bowen today. Photo: Bowen Independent Contributed

EARLIER: The RACQ-CQ Rescue crew is heading to Bowen to rescue five people on board a boat that has capsized.

Initial reports suggest two people are standing on top of the upturned boat, while three people are unaccounted for.

The helicopter is leaving now.



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