Marathon mission to rescue injured walker

The rescue chopper was called into action just before 5:30pm yesterday (Tuesday 30th July).

It’s believed a man was injured in a fall, while walking in a national park, and was unable to walk himself back out.

The helicopter landed near the scene and offloaded LifeFlight’s Critical Care Doctor and Flight Paramedic. 

As it was becoming dark, it was decided the safest course of action was to leave the medical crew caring for the man, while the aircraft was relocated to a more suitable area for picking up a patient at night.

After the man was stabilised, crews carried him on a stretcher, to the waiting helicopter.

In what LifeFlight’s SGAS crew has labelled a “mammoth job,” it took the aeromedical team, along with Queensland Ambulance Service paramedics, Queensland Police Service officers, Queensland Parks and Wildlife rangers and State Emergency Service personnel, around three hours to carry the patient to the chopper.

“It was about four kilometres of rough terrain and creek crossings, that the crews had to wade through while holding the stretcher,” LifeFlight’s Roma Base Lead, Bryce Duke, said.

“It was dark and the journey to the chopper was rough and wet.”

The team effort was successful and the man was safely flown to Roma Hospital in a stable condition.

LifeFlight’s Roma-based SGAS crew returned to base just before 1 o’clock this morning.