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Two riders airlifted after separate horse incidents

The Sunshine Coast based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter has attended to two primary missions today involving riders falling from their horses.

In the first incident a man in his 60s was airlifted west of Gympie after the horse he had been riding fell on top of him.

The rider had been performing in an event at Widgee 25km west of Gympie when he was injured. He was treated on the scene initially by the Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) until the Sunshine Coast based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter arrived at a nearby oval.

The RACQ LifeFlight Aeromedical team of a Critical Care  Doctor and Paramedic assisted the QAS in treating the patient for numerous injuries before he was airlifted to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital in a serious but stable condition.

In the second accident the RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter flew back to near Gympie, after another man, male in his mid-40s suffered a fractured leg after falling from his horse while riding  on his property.

The RACQ LifeFlight medical crew treated the patient for his injury and airlifted him to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital in a stable condition.

This brings the total missions RACQ LifeFlight has attended since July 1 involving incidents with animals to 13.

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 that relies on donations from the public and community support to the LifeFlight Foundation.

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