Kayaker rescued off Nth Qld after croc attack

A man has been rescued from an island north of Rockhampton after his kayak was attacked by a crocodile.

The kayaker activated his personal locator beacon four days after the crocodile left tooth marks on his kayak about 3km off Townshend Island in the Shoalwater Bay area.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority Search and Rescue team detected the beacon about 7am on Saturday.


The RACQ rescue helicopter was sent from Rockhampton.  It was able to land on the beach and rescue the stranded man.

He had bought his emergency beacon for a planned trip from Yeppoon to Stanage Bay.

The beacon was not registered but was vital in the rescue of the kayaker, who had exhausted his provisions after being caught in bad weather and being unable to continue his voyage.

AMSA urges anyone venturing into remote areas, on the water and on land, to have a registered GPS encoded beacon.