The 47 year old male had been out trail bike riding in the Wrattens National Park and decided to camp for the night. After setting up camp, the rider decided to move his bike. However while he was attempting to do so, the bike fell on him fracturing his leg.
The man found he was unable to leave his campsite due to his injury. He decided to re-assess his condition in the morning as he was very well-equipped for the night.
However he activated his personal emergency beacon, which alerted AMSA (Australian Maritime Safety Authority in Canberra – which has responsibility for search and rescues).
AMSA activated the Bundaberg based RACQ LIfeFlight Rescue helicopter to the scene just before 7am.
The rescue helicopter located the campsite and winched the QAS Flight Paramedic to the ground where he treated the patient for his injury.
RACQ LifeFlight pilot Mike Thomas said the rider’s actions and preparedness had assisted rescue authorities to quickly locate him.
“He had his personal locator beacon there with him which had sent co-ordinates to AMSA in Canberra which they provided to us,” he said.
“With the aid of our on-board beacon receiver that took us right over the top of the injured rider. The fact that his tent was a nice bright orange colour made it easy to spot him and we were able to winch the paramedic down close to him.”
Pilot Mike Thomas also mentioned ” he’d set up his camp and it was all going well and he decided to just move his bike, and as he moved his bike I think he slipped and it fell on top of him and hurt his right leg.”
The Queensland Police Service (QPS) also arrived on the scene with a vehicle and transported the patient to a nearby paddock where the rescue helicopter was waiting.
He was then airlifted to the Bundaberg Base Hospital in a stable condition.
2016-17 was a record year for LifeFlight for lifesaving missions with its aeromedical crews, community helicopters and Air Ambulance jets performing a record 5,252 missions throughout Queensland and around the world.
LifeFlight is a community-based charity that relies on donations from the public and community support to the LifeFlight Foundation.
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