Emergency beacons lead rescue chopper to injured man

Australian Search and Rescue (AusSAR) tasked the helicopter to the Somerset region around 5.30pm.

While the rescue chopper was on the way, the crew received information that an emergency call had been made from a nearby property, alerting authorities that a motorcyclist had come off his bike and was unconscious. 

The two Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRBs) led the aircraft straight to the incident.

The rescue helicopter’s aeromedical team was first on scene to treat the man, aged in his sixties.

He had reportedly been with a group of motorcyclists, when he rode over a cattle grid, came off his bike and suffered serious head injuries.

RACQ LifeFlight Rescue’s Critical Care Doctor and flight paramedic treated the patient at the scene for some time, before he was stabilised and airlifted to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in a critical condition.

Aircrew Officer Rick Harvey explained, the group of riders had been well prepared and by using two EPIRBs had made certain their emergency call would be answered.