Emergency dash for Bay VMR

IN A 3-METRE swell and with winds gusting up to 40 knots, Volunteer Marine Rescue Hervey Bay rushed to Fraser Island at the weekend to carry out a medical evacuation.

Volunteers were called into action about 5pm on Friday, with an 18-year-old man needing emergency assistance while on a prawn trawler near Ferguson Spit, on the north-western tip of the island.

The man was suffering renal problems after having surgery due to kidney failure six weeks before, commodore Tom Hudson said yesterday.

There were three people on the trawler, including the man’s father.

“We received news there was a trawler up there with a young guy in pretty bad shape,” said Mr Hudson.

Hervey Bay’s water police were first notified of the situation, alerting Queensland Ambulance Service.

A helicopter could not be dispatched because it was too windy, so a paramedic battled the rough conditions with the VMR crew.

Once the man was back on dry land, he was taken to Hervey Bay Hospital by ambulance.



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