Two competitors winched from King of the Mountain Race
RACQ CareFlight's Sunshine Coast crew was activated late Sunday afternoon to Mount Cooroora West of the Sunshine Coast where the King of the Mountain race was being held.
Two competitors in the race injured themselves in separate incidents about half way down the mountain. Both runners had reached the top of the mountain and were making their way down when they suffered their injuries.
Both men suffered significant lower limb injuries.
Due to the remaining afternoon light the decision was made to winch both the flight paramedic and Doctor onto the mountain to treat the injured runners. They were both winched into the helicopter separately in a stretcher and then the rescue helicopter landed at a nearby football field to await the medical crew who walked down the mountain with SES crews.
One of the patients a male in his early twenties was transferred to a road ambulance and transported to Nambour Hospital, the second patient a male in his early fifties was airlifted to Nambour hospital, both were in a stable condition.