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Rescue crews test water winch skills in time for summer

The Bundaberg-based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue aeromedical crew has undergone rigorous training to ensure they're ready for any emergency. 

Flying roughly two to three miles from Burnett Heads, the crew worked alongside the Bundaberg-based Volunteer Marine Rescue to hone in on their search, rescue and water winching skills. 

The training included vessel transfers, raft drop-offs and winching a person out of the water.

The three exercises are essential for the Bundaberg-based crew to practise, given the high number of ocean-based missions they're tasked with. 

Since July the Bundy crew has winched three patients from vessels. 

LifeFlight Line Pilot, Peter Marris, said the training ensures the crew are prepared, no matter the conditions.

"Often a vessel has a mast and obstructions that can make it difficult for a helicopter to get in close, so we have to develop techniques which will allow us to get somebody on and off the vessel, " Peter said. 

The LifeFlight areomedical crews undergo this type of training every year. 

"This training is vital to ensure the currency of our crew is at the highest standard," Peter said. 

2016-17 was a record year for LifeFlight for lifesaving missions with its aeromedical crews, community helicopters and Air Ambulance jets performing a record 5,342 missions throughout Queensland and around the world.

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

To support the LifeFlight Foundation visit:
www.lifeflightfoundation.org.au