Patients airlifted following incidents at swimming spots

RACQ CareFlight Rescue helicopters from the Sunshine Coast and Bundaberg bases were activated in quick succession this afternoon, following  incidents at popular south east Queensland swimming spots.

At 3.15pm this afternoon, the Sunshine Coast RACQ Sunshine Coast Rescue helicopter crew was tasked to fly to Gardner’s Falls, near Maleny in the Glass House Mountains, following reports a man had severely injured himself at the local swimming hole.

It is believed that the man fell between 10 and 15 metres from a tree into the water.

Queensland Ambulance Service paramedics and a Queensland Fire and a Queensland Fire and Emergency Services swift water rescue team were first on scene and treated the man until the CareFlight medical team arrived.

Due to heavily forested terrain, the CareFlight team were forced to winch an intensive care down to the scene, before landing safely nearby.

The man was flown to Royal Brisbane Hospital with suspected severe spinal injuries.

He travelled in a stable condition.

At 4.30pm, the Bundaberg crew was tasked to fly to Double Island Point, near Rainbow Beach, were a woman in her mid-30s had reportedly succumbed to a medical condition.

She was assessed at the scene by the CareFlight medical team, before being flown to Hervey Bay Hospital for further observation.