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LifeFlight assists Queensland flood victims

RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopters have been busy assisting emergency services in the aftermath of Cyclone Debbie, rescuing three people from rising floodwaters in Southern Queensland in the past 24 hours.

An elderly couple was winched from their roof at first light by the Sunshine Coast-based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter after they awoke to find their property engulfed by rising floodwaters at Cedar Creek, near Mt Glorious, west of Brisbane.

RACQ LifeFlight Rescue Air Crewman, Dan King was the winch operator on the mission and said the couple remained in good spirits throughout the ordeal.

“The water had snuck up on them a little quicker than expected,” Dan said.

“They seemed to be in pretty good spirits, they were just sitting up on the roof, not freaking out from what we could tell, but they were aware the situation they were in wasn’t the best situation to be in.

“We had to do this particular winch a little higher than we normally do, just because there was a lot of roof debris around that area.”

The crew winched both people aboard the helicopter one at a time and transported them to safer ground, approximately 300 metres away from their property.

The couple were uninjured and required no medical treatment.

The Toowoomba-based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter assisted Queensland Police Service (QPS) officers in a search and rescue mission for three vehicles washed off the road in floodwaters near Tamrookum, a small town in Queensland's Scenic Rim this morning.

An aerial search revealed the two vehicles stationary in floodwaters at approximately 11.40am, however, one vehicle was not visible from the air.

A QPS officer was lowered into the area to further investigate the location of the third car and ensure no one was trapped inside. The search did not locate any people.

Earlier in the day the Brisbane-based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter airlifted a 62-year-old woman from her property in Lower Beechmont in the Gold Coast hinterland after she suffered suspected breathing difficulties.  

QAS Paramedics were unable to reach the woman as floodwaters had cut off access to her property. 

The RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter landed at a nearby park and airlifted the woman to the Gold Coast University Hospital in a stable condition.

Overnight a LifeFlight Critical Care Doctor, accompanied by QAS Paramedics also attended a helicopter crash where bad weather caused the pilot to lose his bearings and crash into the ground. The pilot walked away from the crash and suffered some minor abrasions.

Since yesterday, LifeFlight Rescue Air Ambulance jets, sponsored by RACQ have also been busy, airlifting four young children to Cairns and Brisbane hospitals for further treatment.

A neonatal patient was flown from Mackay to Brisbane last night, and two young children have been airlifted from Longreach to Brisbane today.