LifeFlight crew and Mayor drop into race day

Pilot Mike Slattery and Aircrewman Jim Lillecrapp flew the Bell 230 rescue helicopter into the race course in a dramatic entrance with the Mayor and the prestigious Cup.

“It’s wonderful that the RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter, which is such an important part of the North West community with its lifesaving work, can be part of a great event like the Mount Isa race day,” said Mount Isa Mayor Joyce McCulloch.

“Council acknowledges that LifeFlight is an integral part of the modern day medical emergency response with the ability to reach an emergency scene within minutes and we applaud the provision of high level medical service and lifesaving care to critically ill and injured patients in North West Queensland.”

The Mount Isa-based LifeFlight crew has flown 47 missions since taking over the service on July 1, 2015, which includes a range of critical care airlifts including patient injuries resulting from horse falls, snake bites, motor vehicle accidents, cardiac conditions and serious abdominal injuries. It provides a very valuable service to the region.”

At the event, LifeFlight Pilot Mike Slattery and Aircrewman Jim Lillecrapp were also presented with a cheque for $15,880 from the Malouf Auto Group in Mount Isa as a donation to the lifesaving charity.

The Mount Isa crew completed their most recent mission less than 24 hours prior to the race day, airlifting a man in his 20s who suffered abdominal issues following a motor vehicle rollover in the area.

The patient was transported in a stable condition from Cloncurry Hospital to Mount Isa Hospital.

LifeFlight is a community-based charity that relies on donations from the public and community support.

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