Lost boy winched to safety by chopper
A 15-year-old boy has an exciting story to tell after he was rescued by a helicopter from dense bushland on Fitzroy Island near Cairns yesterday.
The boy went bushwalking with his carer and after reaching the lighthouse at the high point of the island, he left the track and became lost in bushland.
Urgent calls to police led to a full search and rescue effort including water police and the Emergency Management police helicopter.
He was found yesterday afternoon on the eastern side of the island and winched to safety and to the Cairns hospital for medical checkup.
Senior Constable Russell Parker said: “The boy was a little bit tired. He’d had a big day but it’s a great story for him too.”