Local integral to LifeFlight Rescue
Two people have been airlifted to hospital from separate motor vehicle accidents by RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopters tasked within 20 minutes of each other.
A man in his thirties has been airlifted by the Sunshine Coast RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter after a car accident on a state forestry track just outside of Gympie at around 1pm this afternoon in what the crew have described as a very difficult mission.
It is believed that the man and three passengers in their late twenties/early thirties were using the four wheel drive vehicle off road for the first time when the vehicle rolled over.
Emergency services had previously been unable to locate the vehicle due to the difficult terrain before the LifeFlight chopper was able to locate the accident from above.
The RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter flagged down a utility vehicle nearby which assisted in delivering the medical crew to the scene of the motor vehicle accident, as the terrain meant that the helicopter couldn't land close to the scene.
After the helicopter guided the utility vehicle to the scene from above, the local resident driver assisted in transporting the patient and the medical crew safely back to the helicopter.
The man was transported to hospital in a stable condition with suspected upper body injuries.
The Brisbane RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter also airlifted a woman in her thirties to hospital after a dirt bike accident about an hour outside Toowoomba.
The woman was flown to Brisbane with multiple injuries 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.
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