Police officer jumps on a runaway boat while rescuing a fisherman in Gladstone

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Heartbreaking moment when police officer jumps on a runaway boat during the dramatic rescue of a stricken elderly fisherman

  • A 73-year-old man fell overboard on Sunday while fishing in a river in Queensland
  • The fisherman tried to climb back on board, but the boat took off by itself
  • Police responded with a captured officer who jumped on the runaway boat

A police officer jumped on a runaway boat during the dramatic recovery of an elderly fisherman whose day on the water went horribly wrong.

The 73-year-old man fell overboard on the Calliope River in Gladstone, central Queensland on Sunday morning after his boat was shaken by the wake of another ship.

He desperately tried to pull himself back onto the moving boat, but injured his hand on the blades of the motor.

A Queensland police officer jumped on a runaway boat on the Calliope River near Gladstone after a 73-year-old fisherman fell overboard

A Queensland police officer jumped on a runaway boat on the Calliope River near Gladstone after a 73-year-old fisherman fell overboard

The boat took off by itself and circled uncontrollably along the river.

The ailing fisherman was pulled out of the water by three kayakers who answered his call for help before a passing boat came over to take the man back to shore.

Police responded, with an officer commanding a boat to track down the unmanned tinny cans.

Once the police officer got the boat close enough, he jumped on the runaway tinnie before taking control and sending it back to shore.

The fisherman was taken to hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries.

The fisherman tried to climb back on board after being knocked over, but the boat took off and circled uncontrollably along the river

The fisherman tried to climb back on board after being knocked over, but the boat took off and circled uncontrollably along the river

The fisherman tried to climb back on board after being knocked over, but the boat took off and circled uncontrollably along the river

The fisherman was safely returned to shore by two men in a passing boat before going to hospital

The fisherman was safely returned to shore by two men in a passing boat before going to hospital

The fisherman was safely returned to shore by two men in a passing boat before going to hospital

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