Return of drifting boat prompts donation to Coast Guard

A RELIEVED boat owner was happy to make a donation to the Yeppoon Coast Guard after its crew retrieved his 3.5m tender which was missing for more than 24 hours.

Flotilla commander Arthur Hunt said the owner notified the Coast Guard on Friday morning that the tender had broken free from a motor boat near Hummocky Island.

No sightings were reported until 4.35pm on Saturday when a member of the public called from Lammermoor Beach about a drifting boat.

"Echo crew successfully retrieved the tender," Mr Hunt said. "Although it had been filled with water, the owner was able to manually start the engine. "He was happy to make a donation and to join the Supporters Club."

Mr Hunt said the coast guard also received a call for help from a boat near Middle Island on Friday. An elderly passenger had fallen and injured his back.

The ambulance was called and the boat crew was advised to return to Rosslyn Bay Harbour.

"Fortunately, when the boat reached the harbour there were a number of Army personnel available to assist with lifting the patient from the boat and an Army medic to assist with treatment," Mr Hunt said.



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