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RACQ LifeFlight kept busy over the weekend

RACQ LifeFlight aeromedical crews have had a busier-than-usual weekend, saving lives with a total of 17 missions from its four South East Queensland bases

Nine of those missions were primary accidents - five of them involving motor vehicles and motorbikes - while another eight patients were Inter-Hospital transfers. 

This afternoon the Sunshine Coast based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter crew airlifted a teenager from a motocross park near Cooyar after he fell off his motorbike. He suffered leg and pelvic injuries and was stabilised at the scene by the aeromedical team and the Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) paramedics before being airlifted to Toowoomba hospital in a stable condition.

Earlier LifeFlight's Roma-based SGAS Rescue helicopter was activated to Carnarvon Gorge - a two-hour return flight - to airlift a female in her early 60s who had been suffering severe abdominal pain. The woman, whom it's believed had recently returned from overseas, was treated at the scene and was airlifted to the Roma Hospital in a stable condition.

Overnight the the Brisbane based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter performed back to back missions to Goondiwindi Hospital. The first mission was to airlift a male toddler who had received facial injuries after a gate fell on him. He was airlifted to the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital in a stable condition. 

In the second mission the rescue helicopter returned to Goondiwindi Hospital to airlift a man in his early 40s who had been involved in a head on collision near the town of Boggabilla in NSW. He was stabilised and airlifted to the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital in a serious condition.

On Friday night and Saturday, RACQ LifeFlight crews attended serious motor vehicles accidents at Somerset Dam, one south of Bundaberg and another accident south of Toowoomba. 

Heavy fog may have been a contributing factor in one of the accidents - an early morning single vehicle accident at Somerset Dam, where two teenage female patients received treatment for multi-trauma injuries after their car hit an embankment at a T-intersection.

Also on Saturday morning, a male in his mid-20s suffered serious injuries after a single vehicle four wheel drive accident 30 km south of Bundaberg.

The Bundaberg based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter was tasked to the scene and treated two patients, with the passenger trapped in the car with head injuries and multiple fractures. He was airlifted to Bundaberg Hospital.

Late on Friday afternoon the Toowoomba-based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter was tasked to another motor vehicle accident on the New England Highway 35 km south of Toowoomba near the town of Nobby.

The Rescue helicopter landed at the scene of the accident where emergency services were attempting to free the driver who was trapped in the overturned vehicle.

The rescue helicopter's aeromedical crew treated the patient for head and neck injuries. He was transported to Toowoomba Hospital where the patient was handed over in a stable condition.

And on Friday night, the Sunshine Coast based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter airlifted a man from a four wheel drive camping park west of Gympie, who was impaled by a falling tree branch.

The patient was believed to have just arrived at the park for the weekend and was setting up camp when he went to collect firewood. He apparently shook a tree and a dead branch fell on him, impaling his arm near the elbow. 

The tip of the branch broke off leaving a large piece of wood still embedded in his arm.

Friends of the patient applied first aid to stop the bleeding before emergency services arrived. 

After being stabilised the man was airlifted to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital in a stable condition.

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

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