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Tourist nearly drowns while learning to surf

The Bundaberg-based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter has airlifted a 25-year-old Dutch woman after she nearly drowned while learning to surf at Seventeen Seventy (1770) earlier today.

The woman was on holidays from the Netherlands and was taking part in a group surfing lesson when the accident occurred.

Local Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) paramedics were first on the scene and treated the woman before transferring her to the State Emergency Services (SES) grounds at 1770, where she was met by the RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter. 

RACQ LifeFlight Rescue was tasked to the grounds just after 11.25am. 

The woman was airlifted to Bundaberg Base 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 5,342 missions throughout Queensland and around the world.

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

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