Bundaberg family says thank you after life saving mission
A pregnant mother, who along with her husband and 15 month old child, was plucked from the front step of their home at the height of the flooding crisis in North Bundaberg, has thanked CareFlight QLD for saving them.
“They were absolutely magic, and we can’t thank them enough,” she said.
The trio was on the small front step of their timber home, unable to leave because of flood water, and unable to reach the relative safety of the roof with a toddler and eight month pregnant mum.
RACQ CareFlight Crewman Brian Guthrie remembers seeing the anxious, trapped family from the air.
“I was so glad that we found them,” Brian said.
“With kids yourself it’s all a bit too close to home.”
This job was the first of 65 missions that CareFlight QLD’s fleet of four helicopters and two Lear Jets have so far been involved in.
The ongoing emergency has drawn on the combined resources of CareFlight QLD, its community RACQ CareFlight Rescue choppers, as well as its EMS helicopters operated on behalf of Queensland’s Coal Seam Natural Gas Industry.
It has not only included winching rescues in the flood devastated Bundaberg region, but medical retrievals of patients from properties now isolated by water and an evacuation from the flood threatened Bundaberg Hospital.
“We just want to be able to help people and make a difference,” Brian said.
“I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else at the moment whilst there are so many families in need.”