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CareFlight flies marathon mission to retrieve injured stockman

A stockman has been airlifted from a property at Mantuan Downs south west of Emerald in a marathon mission for CareFlight.

The 26 year old stockman was working on the cattle station in Central Queensland when he was struck and trampled by a cow.

The Surat Basin Gas Industry Aeromedical Service helicopter was tasked to the property just after 11:30 this morning.

It took nearly one and a half hours of flying time to reach the isolated property.

CareFlight’s Intensive Care Doctor treated the man at the scene for a badly fractured limb.

“He has a lower leg fracture and was in a lot of pain,” Dr Wijesuriya said.

The Roma based helicopter then flew the patient back to Roma, refuelled and will now continue on to the Toowoomba Base Hospital, another two hour flight.

By comparison the journey by road would have taken at least 17 hours.

“The patient will definitely get to theatre a lot quicker in a helicopter transfer,” Dr Wijesuriya said.

It’s the second primary mission the CareFlight operated service has flown in the last 12 hours.

The team airlifted a 15 year old boy to Toowoomba Base Hospital with head and suspected spinal injuries after a single vehicle rollover east of Surat this morning in which a young man died.

The Surat Basin Gas Industry Aeromedical Service began flying in April 2011, responding to an urgent need for swift specialist medical care in Queensland’s far south west.

The Service donates the aircraft to the community and has airlifted nearly 150 seriously ill or injured residents in that time.

Horse falls, and injuries working with stock, make up nearly 10 per cent of all mission the Service has flown in its first two years.