Injured motorbike rider activates emergency beacon after forest crash

Queensland Police Service (QPS) called the rescue chopper into action just before 4:30 yesterday afternoon, after a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) signal was detected in the Sunshine Coast hinterland.

As the rescue helicopter approached the area, the crew spotted the man waving in their direction.

RACQ LifeFlight Rescue’s Flight Paramedic was winched down to assess the rider, who’s in his 60s.

Thankfully, he wasn’t seriously injured.

Due to the remote location and recent wet weather, the helicopter wasn’t able to land safely so the man was winched on board.

Once safely inside the chopper, he told the RACQ LifeFlight Rescue crew he came off his dirt bike earlier in the afternoon and wasn’t able to move it.

He said he’d given his family a specific time when he would make contact and as the day went on, he decided activating the PLB was the best option.

The man was flown back to the Sunshine Coast RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter base, where his relieved family was waiting. 

2018 was a record year for LifeFlight for lifesaving missions with its aeromedical crews, community helicopters and Air Ambulance jets performing a record 5,724 missions throughout Queensland and around the world.

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