An investigation into the death of a 44-year-old man has commenced following a fatal marine incident in Moreton Bay, east of Redcliffe, on Saturday afternoon.
Around 5pm, emergency services were called to two men who were thrown overboard from a yacht which was racing in the Wynnum Manly Sailing Club’s Kingfisher Night Race. One man was reported to be unconscious.
Brisbane Water Police coordinated a rescue involving volunteer marine units and the Rescue 500 helicopter.
The unconscious man was located a short time later and brought to shore. Paramedics worked to resuscitate the 44-year-old man, however he was later declared deceased.
Initial investigations suggest the yacht was hit by a large wave causing the boom to swing and hit the two men, knocking them overboard. The 44-year-old man sustained fatal head injuries while two others were transported to hospital with minor injuries. Three other men who were also onboard were not physically injured. Read on.