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RACQ LifeFlight Rescue plea after tragic start to Easter weekend

RACQ LifeFlight Rescue has had a busy start to the Easter long weekend, airlifting two patients from motor-vehicle accidents this morning.

A young boy has been hit by a car while it was reversing down a driveway at North Stradbroke Island.

He was treated at the scene by the Brisbane RACQ LifeFlight Rescue aeromedical crew before being airlifted to Brisbane.

Earlier this morning, the Bundaberg-based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter attended a single-vehicle accident in Tuan Forrest after a male driver veered off the road and rolled his four-wheel-drive three times.

The middle-aged man sustained serious injuries and was airlifted to a Sunshine Coast hospital. 

Last Easter long weekend, RACQ LifeFlight Rescue responded to 33 missions, including 11 motor vehicle accidents.

LifeFlight crews are urging Queenslanders to stay safe this weekend. 

Brian Guthrie, LifeFlight's Cheif Operating Officer said the Easter holiday-period is one of LifeFlight's busiest but hopes holidaymakers will remain vigilant on the roads.

"Our LifeFlight crews will be on standby 24/7 over the busy holiday-period to respond to a range of serious accidents and illnesses," Mr Guthrie said.

"Queenslanders should rest assured knowing their emergency services are braced for the busy weekend and are giving up their time with family and friends to help those in need.

"Those heading out of town can do their part to help our crews by remaining vigilant on the roads, driving to the conditions and being aware of the 'fatal five' - speeding, fatigue, not wearing a seatbelt, driving under the influence and distraction," he 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

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