Helicopter racing to rescue six people after they sent up a distress call from their sinking boat 


Helicopter racing to rescue six people after they sent up a distress call from their sinking boat

  •  BREAKING NEWS: Rescue helicopter desperately racing to a sinking vessel 
  • Six people are on board the boat near Scawfell Island, 54km from Mackay

The RACQ Rescue helicopter is desperately racing to a sinking vessel with six people on board near Scawfell Island. 

The helicopter is based out of Mackay in north-easter Queensland, 970km north of the state capital Brisbane.

Scawfell Island is 54km north-east of Mackay. 

The RACQ Rescue helicopter (pictured) is desperately racing to a sinking vessel with six people on board near Scawfell Island

More details about the incident will be available once the helicopter reaches the boat. 

Volunteer Marine Rescue Mackay is also reported to be responding to the rescue mission. 

The temperature at Scawfell Island is around 27 degrees on Wednesday evening, with rain expected later.

Scawfell Island (pictured) is 54km north-east of the Queensland city of Mackay

Scawfell Island (pictured) is 54km north-east of the Queensland city of Mackay

Granite cliffs line the coast of the island, which is the largest national park island in the South Cumberland group. 

Daily Mail Australia has contacted RACQ Rescue for this story.  

More to come. 

Pictured is the tweet sent out by the RACQ Rescue service about its operation near Scawfell Island

Pictured is the tweet sent out by the RACQ Rescue service about its operation near Scawfell Island

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