After a short time back in Cairns, VH-XNF flew back South and re-joined the search before again landing at Rockhampton Airport for a refuel. It then returned to Cairns.
Meanwhile, helicopters participating in the search included Rockhampton-based Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service (CHRS) (Babcock Mission Critical Services Australasia) Bell 412EP VH-EPR "Rescue 300" and Stirling Helicopters Bell 206L-3 Long Ranger VH-JMM, along with Bundaberg-based LifeFlight Bell 412EP VH-XCI "Rescue 522", which all landed and refeulled at Rockhampton Airport at various times during the day.
While Heli-Aust Whitsundays (Gladstone Helicopters) Airbus Helicopters EC135 P3 (CPDS) VH-ZGH joined the search during the day flying from and back to its Gladstone Airport base.
Photo taken by 'IAD' ©