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Daring winch rescue from Glasshouse Mountains

The Toowoomba-based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter has performed a daring winch rescue of a 42-year-old man from Mt Tibrogargan in the Glasshouse Mountains last night. 

The man had wandered off from the group he was camping with when he fell down a cliff and suffered suspected fractures to his right leg and ankle.

With the aid of night vision goggles, RACQ LifeFlight Rescue crews winched a Queensland Ambulance Services (QAS) paramedic 60 metres down onto the cliff to treat the man.

Following assessment of the patient, the QAS paramedic and patient were winched back into the RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter before he was airlifted to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital for treatment.

RACQ LifeFlight Rescue Aircrewman Leigh Ainsley said it was a complex mission which put the crew's training to use. 

"Last night's mission was a complex winch job performed with night vision goggles. Winching at night and under those conditions is definitely more challenging, but it's what we're trained to do," he said.

This was the second winch mission performed by the Toowoomba-based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter at Mt Tibrogargan in one week. Last Sunday, a 25-year-old male was winched from the mountain after he dislocated his shoulder while rock-climbing. 

2016-17 was a record year for LifeFlight for lifesaving missions with its aeromedical crews, community helicopters and Air Ambulance jets performing a record 5,252 missions throughout Queensland and around the world.

LifeFlight is a community-based charity funded and supported by the LifeFlight Foundation.

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