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British tourist airlifted from Fraser Island

RACQ LifeFlight Rescue has airlifted a British tourist in his 20s who suffered a neurological condition while camping with friends as part of an organised four wheel drive tagalong tour on Fraser Island.

Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) paramedics were first on the scene last night, transporting the patient from a camp site to Happy Valley, where they were met by Sunshine Coast based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter crew at 11:48pm.

The crew airlifted the patient from Happy Valley to Sunshine Coast University Hospital in a stable condition.

RACQ LifeFlight Rescue has flown a record number of missions to Fraser Island during this financial year to date, already exceeding the number of missions in 2015-2016 with over a month to go in the financial year.

“There are a number of contributing factors making this a record year for RACQ LifeFlight Rescue missions to Fraser Island,” said Brian Guthrie, LifeFlight Chief Operating Officer.

“Retrieval Services Queensland – the State Government service that tasks all aeromedical assets around Queensland - has been sending us on more missions due to the increased availability of the Bundaberg based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter.

“We also have increased fleet capability for the Fraser Coast and Sunshine Coast area with the addition of the state-of-the-art AW139 helicopter at our Sunshine Coast base.

“People think they might not ever need our service, but whether you’re a local or an interstate or overseas tourist, you have that peace of mind that RACQ LifeFlight Rescue will be there when you need us most.”

LifeFlight is a community-based charity that relies on donations from the public and community support.

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https://www.lifeflight.org.au/page/support-us/