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Man crushed under windmill in freak accident

The Bundaberg-based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter has demonstrated its critical importance to the Wide Bay community with three lifesaving airlifts in less than 24 hours.

Last night the crew airlifted a 24-year-old man involved in a freak accident after a windmill fell on top of him on a property south-west of Bundaberg.

The man was completing maintenance on the metal windmill which was sitting on a trailer when the accident occurred.

He sustained serious lower limb injuries, including a suspected broken leg and pelvis and was airlifted to Bundaberg Base Hospital in a serious but stable condition.

The Bundaberg RACQ LifeFlight Rescue day crew have followed up with a busy day, performing a winch rescue of a passenger off a cruise ship and a medical evacuation from Fraser Island.

A 23-year-old woman was winched off the Pacific Explorer cruise ship by a LifeFlight Aircrewman and Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) Flight Paramedic after she suffered a medical condition while on board the ship.

The ship was approximately 74 kilometres off the Fraser Coast when the woman had to be rescued.

She was airlifted to Bundaberg Base Hospital in a stable condition for further treatment.

A woman aged in her 20s was also rescued by the Bundaberg chopper and was airlifted from Fraser Island earlier this morning after she suffered an optical medical condition while holidaying on the island.

The Sunshine Coast-based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter also flew to Fraser Island today, airlifting a three-year-old girl with a medical condition.

The young girl, holidaying on the Island with her family, began feeling unwell last night.

Her condition deteriorated throughout the day before the RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter was called to airlift her at 1.40pm. 

She was flown to Hervey Bay Hospital in a stable condition and was accompanied by her mother.

This was the fourth mission flown to Fraser Island by RACQ LifeFlight Rescue in less than 72 hours.

And the Sunshine Coast-based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter also airlifted a man from a single-vehicle rollover accident near Kilcoy last night.

The man, in his 30s, was treated for multi-trauma injuries and was transported by the RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital in a stable condition.

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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