Weekend keeps air heroes flying
Busy weekend across the region for our air rescuers
LIFE SAVERS: A Gayndah man was one of 18 people rescued by LifeFlight at the weekend, putting crews on track for their busiest year ever.
IT WAS a busy weekend for LifeFlight crews who managed to complete 18 missions across the state, including two incidences in the Burnett.
In one incident, a Gayndah man, aged in his 70s, was injured when a 600kg bale of hay collapsed on him on Sunday afternoon.
The man’s son raised the alarm soon afterwards.
He suffered suspected neck and spinal injurues and was taken by the Queensland Ambulance Service to Gayndah hospital.
LifeFlight crews were able to fly the man to the Bundaberg hospital quickly.
He is still recovering in hospital in a stable condition.
The Bundaberg-based RACQ LifeFlight helicopter airlifted a teenager in Mt Perry who suffered two suspected fractured ankles after landing heavily over a jump while riding a bike outside Gin Gin.
Elsewhere, the Sunshine Coast-based RACQ LifeFlight rescue helicopter was tasked to Kilcoy Hospital when a child suffered head and chest injuries after he fell off his trail bike and was then accidentally run over by another rider.
LifeFlight chief operating officer Brian Guthrie said various crews were tasked across the region over the weekend, attending emergencies.
“Last weekend the crews were called to seven emergencies where the helicopter crews were called to the scene of an accident and 11 lifesaving hospital transfers, including a male in his 70s from Gayndah Hospital who had been injured when a hay bale fell on top of him,” he said.
Rescue missions this year have seen LifeFlight at the busiest it’s been for a while.
“It’s been a very busy 11 months so far for LifeFlight, and we are on track to have our busiest year yet, with both fixed wing and community helicopters set to exceed last year’s record of 1864 lifesaving missions for rotary and 245 missions for Air Ambulance,” Mr Guthrie said.
“Our Air Ambulance Jets, sponsored by RACQ, have had a record month as well, flying over 200 hours around Australia and across the world.”
He reinforced how important the RACQ LifeFlight service was for the community.
“People think they might not ever need our service, but whether you’re a local or an interstate or overseas tourist, you have that peace of mind that RACQ LifeFlight Rescue will be there when you need it.”