It flew up from Melbourne (Essendon) and was reportedly assigned to support a Search and Rescue mission off Gladstone. VH-XNE was due to originally land at Rockhampton Airport but diverted to Bundy.
After taking on fuel, VH-XNE "Rescue 330" then coordinated the search for a missing boat which looked to be completed by the Rockhampton Airport-based Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service (CHRS) (Babcock Mission Critical Services Australasia) Bell 412EP VH-EPR "Rescue 300".
With the search complete, VH-XNE then returned direct to Essendon - spending over five hours in the air!
Photo taken by Russell Prothero ©