Week­end keeps air he­roes fly­ing

Busy week­end across the re­gion for our air res­cuers

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Philippe Coquerand philippe.coquerand@cnbtimes.com.au

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.”

PHOTO: LIFEFLIGHT

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