Sixty-third mission of the year completed for RACQ CQ Rescue over weekend

February 7, 2023 9:35 am in by
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The local rescue helicopter reaches its sixty-third mission of the year, following a busy weekend.

RACQ CQ Rescue was called to a remote homestead to assess an elderly man, near Mt Coolon on Friday afternoon.

The 87-year-old man had fallen down a flight of stairs, at the cattle property and suffered spinal injuries and a reported broken neck.

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RACQ CQ Rescue flew more than 400km, with the doctor and critical care paramedic on board to treat and retrieve the injured man.

The helicopter landed in a grassed area across from the homestead in and the patient was transferred to Mackay Base Hospital, in a stable condition.

On Saturday, a 15-year-old boy was airlifted from Clermont hospital with suspected spinal injuries.

He had been injured in a dirt bike accident that morning.

Later in the day, the rescue helicopter was tasked to an EPIRB activation about 35km east of Hayman Island at about 6.30pm.

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The helicopter quickly honed in on the distress beacon signal and made radio contact with occupants on a five-metre centre-console boat just before dark to establish they were safe, unhurt and that their boat had broken down.

Volunteer Marine Rescue was enroute to the scene and was tasked to assist retrieve the vessel and those on board, so the rescue helicopter returned to base at Mackay Airport.

On Sunday, RACQ CQ Rescue was tasked again to Hayman Island to airlift a resident with a serious abdominal condition as well as to transfer a patient from Bowen to Mackay Base Hospital.