Chopper rescued fisherman at sea in the nick of time

The RACQ Capricorn Helicopter and Rescue team performs a sea rescue, similar to that of Wayne Sorensen's, 110 nautical miles off the coast.
The RACQ Capricorn Helicopter and Rescue team performs a sea rescue, similar to that of Wayne Sorensen's, 110 nautical miles off the coast. Contributed

COMMERCIAL fisherman Wayne Sorensen says if it wasn't for RACQ Capricorn Helicopter and Rescue, he wouldn't be here today.

A heart attack was the last thing Mr Sorensen, 64, expected when he ventured 110 nautical miles off the coast on his commercial fishing vessel in June.

Dramatic rescues all part of a day in the office for chopper crew

"It was about 8am and I started having pains in my chest. I called in the guys at about 11am to head back. We got about two hours into the (20-hour) trip home and I felt like I was no good."

After talking over the phone to a doctor, he was told he was having a heart attack.

RACQ Capricorn Helicopter and Rescue was called to retrieve him and take him to a hospital.

"I guess it was pretty frightening, but there wasn't a time I thought I was going to die. I've always been pretty fit ... so I definitely wasn't expecting it; I thought it was just heart burn.

"I was fine though, I thought I'll just keep steaming in until the helicopter gets here.

"When they came, I waited on the roof and helped them out. The man said, 'Who's the guy having a heart attack?' and I replied, 'You're looking at him'," he laughed.

Upon his arrival on land, he was told by doctors he had experienced a massive heart attack.

"I give (RACQ Capricorn Helicopter and Rescue team) 11 out of 10 for their rescue. Without them, I wouldn't be here.

Mr Sorensen is currently recovering from his heart attack in Mackay.

"It's taking a bit longer to heal. I've just been doing exercises and taking medication," he said.

For the past 40 years he has been a commercial fisherman, and has no plans of slowing down.

"It's a great lifestyle ... I don't know much else. I hope to be out there again."

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