RESCUE: An injured wakeboarder was airlifted from Double Island Point on Saturday.
RESCUE: An injured wakeboarder was airlifted from Double Island Point on Saturday. Contributed

Wakeboarder injured in accident at Double Island Point

THE victim of a Double Island Point wakeboarding accident was flown to Nambour Hospital on Saturday.

And a five-hour rescue nearby tested the endurance of Tin Can Bay Coast Guard volunteers the next day.

An RACQ CareFlight spokesman said a Sunshine Coast man in his mid-30s, was flown in a stable condition with suspected spinal injuries after the wakeboard incident, reported about 12.45pm.

Coast Guard commander Colleen Johnson praised the endurance of her crew, which put in a gruelling nine hours on the water on Sunday.

Just back from four hours towing a yacht from Garry's Anchorage, Fraser Island, they responded to a mayday call from a vessel taking water just south of DI.

That was the beginning of a mission involving police, chopper services, Coast Guard and a nearby yacht.

"That was the weekend crew - there were only three of them but they managed," she said.

"The police activated us. A helicopter crew was activated but then stood down and the Coast Guard at Noosa was also involved.

"A boat in the vicinity got to the vessel and stayed until the Coast Guard arrived.

"We escorted him across the Wide Bay Bar and he anchored at Pelican Bay.

"He's getting the engine room checked.

"It reinforces one thing I can't say enough - talk to us.

"Let us know before you go. It doesn't cost anything and it only takes a few seconds to log on with us."

She described Tin Can Bay as "like Queen St" yesterday, with hundreds on the water, but only 10 logged on.

"Even if you don't have a radio, you can ring us. All the more reason to log on. We just went to help one skipper with bad fuel who was lucky to get mobile phone reception," she said about noon.

"If you're logged on and you're late back, we come looking," she said.

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