RACQ LifeFlight Rescue winches child from Fraser Island
Bundaberg's RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter has winched a primary-school aged girl off the beach at Fraser Island, after she reportedly suffered a back injury diving into shallow water.
The incident happened at a lake on a remote part of the island, which isn't easily accessible by road.
The rescue chopper was called in just after 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon (Sunday).
RACQ LifeFlight Rescue's flight paramedic was winched down to the scene first.
The chopper landed nearby, at Eurong, while the patient was being assessed.
The crew then flew back and winched the little girl and paramedic back up to the chopper.
She was flown to Hervey Bay Hospital in a stable condition, accompanied by her father.
The girl's injury has prompted a warning from RACQ LifeFlight Rescue pilot, Peter Marris.
"People often run down steep sand dunes and dive, or jump into water," he said.
"Accidents will always happen but everyone should always be cautious.
"Think about what you're going to do before you do it," Mr Marris said.
It was the second holidaymaker rescued by the Bundaberg RACQ LifeFlight Rescue crew in the Wide Bay region at the weekend.
On Saturday night a woman, aged in her 70s, was airlifted to Bundaberg Hospital after she fell unconscious while snorkelling at Lady Elliot Island.
It's believed the patient had swallowed sea water before becoming ill.
She was in a stable condition at the time of the airlift.