An old emergency beacon that was thrown in the bin has led a helicopter on a wild goose chase that ended at a Queensland tip.
Search and rescue authorities are urging people not to bin their old emergency beacons after a chopper was sent on a wild goose chase that ended at a Queensland tip.
An old beacon that had been dumped began emitting a signal on Wednesday.
Aviation Search and Rescue (AusSAR) was forced to deploy an emergency chopper from Brisbane to Caloundra, where the beacon was found at a local dump and deactivated.
An AusSAR spokeswoman has told the ABC precious resources have been wasted on 48 similar false alarms in the past year.
“We really urge people not to bin their beacons,” she said.
“If people do need to get rid of an older style beacon, then they really are urged to take it to a Battery World outlet where they can be properly disposed of.”