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Three missions to Fraser Island in 24 hours

RACQ CareFlight Rescue has now flown three missions to Fraser Island in the last 24 hours.
 
At around 5.30pm today, the Sunshine Coast crew was tasked to Lake Wabby on the island’s east coast to airlift a 15 year old girl with a shoulder injury.
 
The girl was on a school excursion from the Sunshine Coast when a friend landed on top of her during a friendly game of frisbee.
 
RACQ CareFlight Rescue Air Crewman, Rick Harvey, winched the helicopter’s intensive care flight paramedic down to the scene to assess the girl’s injury.
 
“Night winching is always more difficult and tonight’s strong 30 knot winds added to the challenge,” Mr Harvey said.
 
“We were also winching down to a large sand blow where no visible markers were in sight, so it was difficult to grasp an indication of height.”
 
“We followed all our normal procedures which ensured a safe and successful outcome getting our intensive care flight paramedic down to the patient.”
 
The girl was treated at the scene and driven, accompanied by the helicopter’s intensive care flight paramedic, one and a half hours away to Kingfisher Bay Resort, on the island’s west coast, where the RACQ CareFlight Rescue Helicopter had landed.
 
She was airlifted to Nambour General Hospital in a stable condition.