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Major bush walking missions keep RACQ LifeFlight Rescue busy

It’s been a busy 24 hours for the Sunshine Coast-based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter crew. 

Just after 7:30pm Saturday the RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter was tasked to a mountain west of the Sunshine Coast after a woman had contacted emergency services telling them that a man she had been bush walking with had fallen a long distance.

All emergency services attended the scene, and started the climb up to the woman who was stuck on a ledge. She assisted the emergency services and gave them direction to where she thought her friend had fallen.

Once at scene the RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter crew started searching with their night vision goggles, a short time later the male bush walker was located at the bottom of the mountain. They assisted the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) with their night sun to direct the ground crews.

The woman was assisted from the mountain by ground crews and the RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter assisted the Queensland Police Service (QPS) to retrieve the man’s body this morning.

Earlier Saturday afternoon the Sunshine Coast-based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter was also tasked to the Conondale National Park in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland after a woman, aged in her thirties, fell several metres whilst bush walking.

The RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter was the first medical team on scene to treat the injured woman who had suffered multi trauma injuries and required urgent retrieval.

The 2017-2018 financial year was a record year for LifeFlight for lifesaving missions with its aeromedical crews, community helicopters and Air Ambulance jets performing a record 5,452 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