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Beacon prompts rescue of stranded kayaker attacked by crocodile

Saturday 6 August 2016
A stranded man has been rescued from a Queensland island after his kayak was attacked by a crocodile, in an operation coordinated by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).
Media Release

The kayaker activated his personal locator beacon four days after the crocodile left tooth marks on his kayak about 3km off Townshend Island in the Shoalwater Bay area, about 111km north of Rockhampton.

AMSA Search and Rescue detected the beacon about 7am on Saturday, tasking an RACQ rescue helicopter out of Rockhampton, which was able to land on the beach and transfer the kayaker to safety.

The man had purchased his emergency beacon for a planned trip from Yeppoon to Stanage Bay.

The beacon was not registered but was vital in the rescue of the kayaker, who had exhausted his provisions after being caught in bad weather and being unable to continue his voyage.

AMSA urges anyone venturing into remote areas, on the water and on land, to have a registered GPS encoded beacon. Registration is free and simple. It can be done online on our website.