National Fisherman

Commercial fisherman Wayne Sorensen says if it wasn't for RACQ Capricorn Helicopter and Rescue, he wouldn't be here today.
A heart attack was the last thing Mr Sorensen, 64, expected when he ventured 110 nautical miles off the coast on his commercial fishing vessel in June.
"It was about 8am and I started having pains in my chest. I called in the guys at about 11am to head back. We got about two hours into the (20-hour) trip home and I felt like I was no good."
After talking over the phone to a doctor, he was told he was having a heart attack.
RACQ Capricorn Helicopter and Rescue was called to retrieve him and take him to a hospital.
"I guess it was pretty frightening, but there wasn't a time I thought I was going to die. I've always been pretty fit ... so I definitely wasn't expecting it; I thought it was just heart burn.
"I was fine though, I thought I'll just keep steaming in until the helicopter gets here.
"When they came, I waited on the roof and helped them out. The man said, 'Who's the guy having a heart attack?' and I replied, 'You're looking at him'," he laughed. 
Read the full story at the Fraser Coast Chronicle>>

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