Helicopter called in as police search for boat off coast
UPDATE 8.45PM: NO ITEMS of interest were located by emergency crews responding to reports of a vessel in trouble off the coast of Gladstone this afternoon.
RACQ Capricorn Rescue team confirmed it was tasked to conduct a search and rescue in the vicinity of Gladstone Harbour at 2.30pm after a member of the community reported sighting a possible submerged vessel.
Queensland Police Service requested the assistance of Rescue 300 to conduct a thorough aerial
search within Gladstone Harbour to investigate the report.
No items of interest were located during the conduct of the search task.
INITIAL: THE RACQ Capricorn Rescue crew is assisting police with a search in waters off Barney Point.
A Queensland Police spokesman confirmed that at 1.10pm, a member of the public standing on the shore reported seeing a vessel potentially in trouble, before losing sight of it.
Police launched a search and the spokesman said Rescue 300 did a precautionary sweep of the area to assist.
It is unclear whether the boat has been found.