Fraser airlift ends hectic day for Bundy crew

The Wollongong woman slipped and fell at Ngala Rocks at around 3:30pm and sustained a serious fracture to her left wrist.

She was treated at the Orchid Beach airstrip before being airlifted by the RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter to Bundaberg Hospital, and was accompanied by her husband on the chopper.

Veteran RACQ LifeFlight Rescue pilot Peter Marris said it was a busier-than-usual day for the Bundaberg crew with three primary aeromedical missions in the space of 10 hours.

“We have our busy days, but having three significant missions in less than 10 hours is a bit unusual,” said Mr Marris.

“It certainly made for an interesting day.”

Earlier in the day, the Bundaberg crew was first tasked to a search and rescue mission for a man stranded in the water for over 11 hours after his boat capsized.

The man was rescued from the water by Hervey Bay Water Police.

The crew later also airlifted a 25 year old fisherman who accidentally shot himself in the leg with a speargun at Lady Musgrave Island.

The man was transported by boat back to the town of 1770 with the spear still embedded in his leg.

The injured man was treated on land by Queensland Ambulance Service paramedics and Queensland Fire and Emergency Service workers who cut part of the spear from his leg.

The LifeFlight crew then met the patient at a local helipad and airlifted him to the Bundaberg Hospital in a stable condition where the spear was surgically removed.

2016-17 was a record year for the RACQ LifeFlight Rescue Bundaberg-based crew who flew 265 lifesaving missions, costing $3.3 million.

It was also a record year for LifeFlight around Queensland for lifesaving missions with its aeromedical crews, community helicopters and Air Ambulance jets performing a record 5,342 missions throughout the state and around the world.

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