Stranded kayakers rescued by teenage tall ship crew

July 5, 2024 9:24 am in by
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Two kayakers have been pulled from croc infested waters, after running into trouble off Hinchinbrook Island.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority coordinated the rescue after a personal locater beacon was activated off Cape Sandwich, around 12:30pm yesterday.

A nearby tall ship, South Passage, crewed by a group of teenagers on a sailing adventure from Townsville to Cairns, responded to the distress signal, reaching the pair around 3pm and pulling them to safety.

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A woman in her 50s was winched aboard the rescue chopper and airlifted to Cairns in a stable condition for exposure to the cold, after spending a some time on the water.

The second kayaker wasn’t injured and was transported to Cardwell by the Volunteer Marine Rescue.