LOST AT SEA: Fears as outrigger goes missing in CQ waters
THE SIGHT of an empty vessel out at sea is enough to send chills down any person's spine - for Yeppoon Coast Guard, it proved just another day at the office.
Fears for a missing outrigger grew quickly last Sunday morning after the group he was with noticed the empty, overturned watercraft.
The large group had been returning on a paddle back from Emu Park to Yeppoon.
Concerned for his welfare, his worried friends quickly reported the disappearance to Yeppoon Coast Guard - prompting a rapid response and unnerving wait.
A collective sigh of relief was likely heard as Yeppoon Rescue One, captained by Jim Warren, located the man waving his paddle about 500m south-east of Iron Pot.
It was then the mystery of his disappearance was solved - a large wave was responsible for knocking the man out of his watercraft.
Slightly shaken and cold, the man was taken aboard following the 40-minute ordeal and transferred to a double outrigger canoe before returning to shore.
However, the heart-stopping incident was fortunately only one in a few which kept the rescue service on its toes throughout the past week.
Last Wednesday, engine failure saw two people on board a 12m yacht returning from Great Keppel Island require assistance to enter Rosslyn Bay Harbour.
Experienced skipper Barry Semple made for a quick departure around 9.30am, though challenging conditions did not make for an easy operation.
The crew, however, proved too skilled for the unfavourable task - eventually returning the yacht back to dock after 90 minutes.
While strong winds and rough seas across the week made for infrequent call-outs at the weekend, dramatic scenes proved a common theme.
Around 4am Sunday, a call for assistance prompted an urgent response to one of the Capricorn Coast's most popular destinations.
Both Yeppoon Rescue One and two QAS paramedics were dispatched to Great Keppel Island after reports of a cardiac episode.
One male patient was later assessed by paramedics for a suspected heart condition. Fortunately, the man was conscious and in a stable condition upon arrival.
A rough journey back to the mainland resulted in a trip to the hospital.
The man is understood to have received further treatment and was discharged the same day.