THE Gladstone VMR crew help gather up escaping rubber duckies after the inaurgural race.
THE Gladstone VMR crew help gather up escaping rubber duckies after the inaurgural race. MARA PATTISON-SOWDEN

These little duckies went quacking along the Boyne

HUNDREDS of rubber ducks passed the finish line and proceeded on an escape route along the Boyne River.

If it wasn't for the dedicated water police and volunteers scooping them up in nets they may have reached freedom out at sea.

But many were also taken from the finish line by enthusiastic children - and are being urged to be handed in.

RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue ran the inaugural rubber duck race where 2,500 ducks printed with a number corresponding to people's tickets were released into the river by Volunteer Marine Rescue.

Spokesperson Kirsty Wooler said the crowd was having a great time cheering them on, with the help of a particularly windy day.

"But we are hoping to use them again next year, and we ask everyone to please bring back our ducks!"

"Partnering with Heron Island Resort and the Boyne Tannum HookUp to launch our first duck race is a wonderful start and we hope to place a couple more events on the calendar throughout the year," she said.

The winner will be announced on the RACQCHR Facebook page.