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CareFlight helicopters fly 17 missions in three days

RACQ CareFlight Rescue’s helicopter service has responded to 17 missions over the last 72 hours.

CareFlight’s Executive Manager of Operations Brian Guthrie said it was a busy start to the week for the not-for-profit organisation with lifesaving airlifts flown from July 13 to 15.

“Our crews performed six rescue missions on Monday, five on Tuesday and six on Wednesday,” he said.

“That’s well above average, with more than five lives saved every day.”

CareFlight’s Toowoomba-based helicopter was the busiest, flying seven of the 17 missions.

The helicopter rescue service was called out for 15 hospital transfers of seriously ill or injured patients.

“Five of these patients were suffering cardiac conditions, which is the most common air-medical retrieval crews perform,” Mr Guthrie said.

“We also transferred four patients with respiratory conditions and one patient who sustained multi-trauma injuries in a car crash in the South West region.”

CareFlight was called to the scene of two accidents on the Sunshine Coast.

On Monday, a man in his 60s was airlifted to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital after falling approximately three metres from a ladder on a property north west of the Noosa North Shore.

On Tuesday, a woman in her 40s sustained multiple injuries after a ride-on lawn mower rolled off a retaining wall on a property south of Gympie.

She was also flown to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.

In its three decades of serving the community, CareFlight has flown more than 42,000 critical rescue missions.