The Sunshine Coast-based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter airlifted a 20-year-old male after he ran off the road on his motorcycle and fell approximately 20 metres down an embankment near Maleny. His motorcycle also travelled off the road and ended up in thick bushland.
Queensland Fire & Emergency Services (QFES), Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) paramedics and Queensland Police Service (QPS) were first on the scene and helped pull the man up from the embankment with a pulley-system involving a rope and a rescue board.
The man suffered a suspected shoulder injury and was airlifted to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital in a stable condition.
Less than half an hour earlier, the Bundaberg-based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter crew was also sent to attend a serious motorbike accident after a 55-year-old man clipped a pole while riding over a bridge and was thrown into a dry creek bed.
The man suffered suspected chest and spinal injuries and was airlifted to Bundaberg Base Hospital in a serious 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 funded and supported by the LifeFlight Foundation
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