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Flares reports led to rescue of blazing yacht

Wespac helicopter rescue

Reports of flares led to a rescue of a blazing yacht in Australia.

The yacht, which is thought to be travelling between the Gold Coast and Tin Can Bay on the Sunshine Coast, burst into flames around 4 kilometres off Marcus Beach, near Noosa.

A man jumped onto a dinghy on board the boat, launched it into the water and waited for rescuers, reports the CourierMail.

The Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter, a BO 105 Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm, was launched to help.

Pilot Dave O’Brien, says, “We got a call from state operations and while we were getting ready to get airborne we got reports of flares in the area.”

Despite waterbombers pumping water onto the fire, attempts to save the vessel failed and the yacht flipped over and sank.

Water police senior constable Niall Appleyard said the man escaped the yacht and is reported safe and well.

The picture is from the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Service Queensland Facebook page.

Jul 19, 2018