Four people airlifted during busy weekend for Mt Isa rescue chopper

The Mount Isa-based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter crew have had a busy weekend, airlifting four people in three separate missions.

Tonight (Sunday 19 June), the team airlifted two men aged in their 20s, after they were injured in a ute crash.

The chopper was tasked around 5.40pm and landed at a property south of Burketown, where the local Queensland Fire and Emergency Service (QFES) crew watered down the dusty landing site.

The men were treated by Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) paramedics, including the flight paramedic, before being flown to Mount Isa Hospital.

They were both in a stable condition.

Yesterday (Saturday 18th June), the crew flew to an area north-west of Mount Isa, to retrieve a man who fell down stairs at a national park.

It’s believed the man, aged in his 70s, had just brought his kayak up the steps, when he lost his balance and fell.

Nearby campers looked after him, until the aeromedical crew arrived.

He was flown to Mount Isa Hospital for further assessment.

In between these two missions, the crew also airlifted a toddler to Mount Isa Hospital, for medical treatment.