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Busy week for CareFlight helicopters with 41 missions flown

RACQ CareFlight Rescue has flown 41 rescue missions in seven days across southern Queensland.

The figure marks one of the busiest weeks the charitable rescue service has experienced so far in 2015.

Almost 30 of these tasks were emergency air-medical retrievals from the scene of life-threatening accidents, including a near drowning, horse fall, mountain bike crash, two incidents involving burns and seven serious motor vehicle crashes.

A further 15 missions flown by the community helicopter rescue service involved the transfer of seriously ill or injured patients between hospital facilities.

The busy week took place between Monday September 21 and Sunday September 27.

In a typical week, the service’s six community helicopters fly around 28 missions on average.

The 41 missions flown last week show a massive 46% increase on the average number.

The increase in workload could be attributed to the launch of CareFlight’s new bases in Brisbane and Mount Isa, which bring the total number of CareFlight bases to six, spreading the service’s footprint across 41 council regions.

The Sunshine Coast-based rescue helicopter was the busiest with the crew called out on 18 tasks.

These included locating an injured bushwalker on the Queensland/New South Wales border, flying to the aid of a man injured in a truck rollover on the D'aguilar Highway north of Nanango, and airlifting a child who was crushed by a horse on a property at Biggenden.

CareFlight’s newest helicopter base at Brisbane Airport was tasked on 13 missions.

The Brisbane helicopter airlifted a woman in her 30s who suffered a pelvic fracture in a quad bike accident in the South West and a man in his 70s with multiple injuries after falling from a ladder on a property west of Murgon.

The Bundaberg helicopter responded to nine tasks, which included airlifting a teenage girl from Gayndah suffering a suspected snake bite and a man in his 20s with burns and suspected limb fractures after a tank he was working on exploded.