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Teenager airlifted by CareFlight following snake bite

The Sunshine Coast-based RACQ CareFlight Rescue helicopter has airlifted a 17-year-old man who suffered a snake bite overnight. 

The helicopter crew was tasked to airlift the teenager from Moreton Island at 9.30pm on Monday night.  

It’s believed the man had captured a rough-scaled snake when he suffered the injury. 

He was flown to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in a stable condition for further medical treatment. 

This is the fourth suspected snake bite RACQ CareFlight Rescue crews have responded to in 11 weeks.

On 28 October, CareFlight’s Mount Isa helicopter airlifted a four-year-old girl from a property at Oorindi, approximately 80 kilometres from Cloncurry, after she was bitten on the toe inside the family’s living room.

The Bundaberg rescue helicopter flew to the aid of a teenage girl on 21 September. 

She suffered a possible snake bite on her lower left leg at a sheep property north west of Gayndah.

On 26 August, a male Costa Rican tourist was bitten by a snake on Fraser Island, he was flown to Nambour General Hospital for further treatment.

CareFlight airlifted 21 people suffering suspected snake bites during the 2014-2015 financial year.