CareFlight QLD fleet airlifts 60 out of danger in flood devastated Bundaberg
It’s been a busy 24 hours for CareFlight QLD with more than 60 people airlifted, most from Bundaberg, which is enduring flood heights not seen since the late 1800s.
Amongst the many rescues last night, a family of three, including a pregnant woman and a 15 month old toddler, was winched to safety after their home was inundated.
A CareFlight Rescue helicopter then returned to rescue their two neighbours.
An hour later six other people were also airlifted to safety.
“The images of so many people stranded on rooftops waving for help has been tough for our crews,” CareFlight QLD CEO Ashley van de Velde said.
“Our crews are so glad that they can be helping so many people in such desperate need.”
The ongoing emergency is drawing 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.
CareFlight QLD Lear jets have also been on the ground in Bundaberg helping with evacuations.
Overnight, one of the jets transported a critically ill patient from Bundaberg Hospital to Brisbane.
“Our fleet of four helicopters also worked throughout the night to airlift elderly patients from a local nursing home, to higher ground, at the Bundaberg Airport,” Mr van de Velde said.
The crisis in Bundaberg and surrounds is far from over, and Mr van de Velde says the CareFlight QLD team is there for the long haul.