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RACQ CQ chopper airlifts man to hospital

A 40-year-old man was airlifted to hospital after suffering serious chest pains on Sunday morning. .

The Mackay-based RACQ CQ rescue helicopter was tasked about 8.30am to fly nearly 300km west of Mackay to Belyando Crossing and a Carmichael Mine railway work site.


The Bell 412 rescue helicopter, which had a doctor, paramedic and rescue crewman on board, arrived on scene at Belyando Crossing about 10am, landing in a clearing adjacent to the worksite.

Belyando Crossing is close to the very western boundary of the rescue helicopter’s service area.

The man, believed to be from Mt Tamborine, was loaded into the helicopter which was flown to Moranbah hospital to refuel, before transporting him to Mackay Base Hospital in a stable condition arriving at 12.15pm.

The task took almost five hours and saw the chopper fly more than 512km to transfer the patient to hospital.