SEARCHING: Pilot and aircrewman on board the RACQ - CQ Rescue helicopter.
SEARCHING: Pilot and aircrewman on board the RACQ - CQ Rescue helicopter.

Air and sea search underway

An air and sea search for a missing person off the south coast of Whitsunday Island has recommenced today.

The Whitsunday Times understands a 10 metre vessel overturned at around 4.30 pm yesterday afternoon in the vicinity of Turtle Bay.

The Queensland Police Service says 11 of the 12 occupants were located and transported to safety but one person remains missing.

The search operation is currently utilising the resources of police and local authorities including a fixed wing aircraft, two helicopters and three Volunteer Marine Rescue vessels.

At first light the RACQ -CQ Rescue helicopter departed Mackay for Whitsunday Island to assist with the search. Poor weather yesterday afternoon meant the rescue helicopter was not able to assist, as there was a heavy thunderstorm and strong winds in the relevant areas at that time. 


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