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Man airlifted from mangroves after boat overturns

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An elderly man has been winched to safety after his boat flipped in mangroves in the Gladstone region.

The 80 year old was checking crab pots around 9am on Tuesday morning near Turkey Beach when he came into trouble.

A spokesperson for RACQ Lifeflight says the Bundaberg-based rescue helicopter was called into action by Queensland Police six hours later, after the man hadn't returned as expected.

"He had travelled up a creek, when he ran into trouble and his boat flipped over," the spokesperson says.

"The alarm was raised when the man hadn't returned as expected and the rescue chopper was called into action by the Queensland Police Service (QPS), just after 3pm.

"The RACQ LifeFlight Rescue crew searched the area for about ten minutes, before they spotted the overturned boat amongst the mangroves.

"The man had covered himself in mud, to protect himself from mosquitos."

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He was winched to safety from the mud flats before being flown to a nearby boat ramp.

A spokesperson for RACQ Lifeflight say "the boatie was in good spirits and thankful for being rescued, as he had thought he would be stranded overnight".

"The Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) Flight Paramedic assessed the man, but he did not require any further medical attention," the spokesperson says.

Images: RACQ LifeFlight Rescue