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Joint LifeFlight effort helps save helicopter crash victim

A man seriously injured in a light helicopter crash yesterday afternoon is now recovering at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital after he was flown more than 1,800 kilometres by both LifeFlight's RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter service and one of LifeFlight's Air Ambulance Jets. 

Shortly after 3pm yesterday the Mount Isa-based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter was tasked by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) to a property west of Mount Isa in response to a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) which had been activated. 

Upon arrival the aeromedical crew found the site of the light helicopter crash.

The single male occupant of the helicopter had managed to extract himself from the wreckage and set off his PLB. 

The man was treated at the scene for multiple injuries before being flown to Mount Isa Hospital.

LifeFlight's Air Ambulance Jet, based at Townsville, was then tasked this morning to transport the man to a higher level of care. 

The Air Ambulance Jet flew the man to Brisbane where he's receiving further treatment at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital. 

LifeFlight's Chief Operating Officer, Brian Guthrie, said this mission highlights how LifeFlight's helicopters and jets work together, with Queensland Health to ensure every Queenslander receives help in their time of need. 

"Our LifeFlight crews are on standby 24 hours a day 365 days of the year to respond to a range of serious accidents and illnesses," Brian said. 

2017 was a record year for LifeFlight for lifesaving missions with its aeromedical crews, community helicopters and Air Ambulance jets performing a record 5,344 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