Press Release -

Dirt bike track landing for RACQ LifeFlight chopper to help injured rider

The Toowoomba-based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter landed on the top of a dirt-bike jump in bushland south-west of Aratula this morning (Sun 30th), to assist in the rescue of an injured rider.

The pilot maneuvered between powerlines and trees to carefully land the aircraft on a very small point of land on a bike track at the top of the jump, so the medical crew was as close as possible to the accident scene.

The RACQ LifeFlight critical care doctor and Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) paramedic assisted the QAS ground crews who were already at the scene to treat the dirt bike rider, who was suffering suspected pelvic injuries after crashing his motorbike around 10am this morning.

Members of the State Emergency Service also responded, using a special stretcher to move the patient along the rough dirt track to the waiting helicopter.

RACQ LifeFlight Aircrew officer Tony Connolly praised the SES crew for their efforts.

"They did an incredible job. The poor patient was in a lot of pain from his injuries. They made it as easy as possible in the difficult conditions to get him out as carefully and quickly as they could along that track," he said.

The dirt bike rider, who is aged in his thirties, was in a stable condition when he was airlifted to the Toowoomba Hospital.

"It was unusual, to launch the helicopter from a jump usually used to launch dirt bikes into the air," said Aircrew officer Connolly.

This is the second injured dirt bike rider RACQ LifeFlight has airlifted this long weekend.

Yesterday, the Sunshine Coast-based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter transported a teenager to hospital after he came off his motorcycle at a recreational park in the Gympie region.