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Teenager saved after water ski accident

A teenage boy who hit his head while trying to perform a jump at a Sunshine Coast water ski park has been airlifted to a Brisbane hospital by the Sunshine Coast-based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue aeromedical crew.

The LifeFlight Critical Care Doctor and Queensland Ambulance Service Paramedic initially travelled by road to a Bli Bli water ski park, a short distance from the LifeFlight base at the airport, just after 4pm yesterday.

They treated the 13-year-old boy for serious head injuries, after he hit his head attempting a jump, and for complications he suffered after he nearly drowned. 

The doctor and paramedic then travelled with the patient by road ambulance to Sunshine Coast University Hospital - where medical staff decided he should be flown to Lady Cilento Children's Hospital in Brisbane.

The RACQ LifeFlight Rescue aeromedical crew flew the 22-minute mission from Maroocyhdore to Brisbane and the boy travelled in a critical 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 5,342 missions throughout Queensland and around the world.

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

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www.lifeflightfoundation.org.au