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Off duty pilot helps to save a man's life

A man, aged in his twenties, is recovering after he lost control of his car and crashed it into a tree around 7 o'clock on Saturday morning. 

LifeFlight pilot Roger Woods was driving his daughter to work and came across the wrecked car south-west of Toowoomba.

“The car was in a ‘U’ shape around the tree, the only survivable part of the vehicle was the driver’s seat,” Roger said. 

It didn't take long for Roger's lifesaving instinct to kick in and he pulled over to help the man.

“The scene was still live; there was the smell of fuel, there were electrics still on in the car, and so I really needed to get him away from there so I could start first aid,” Roger said. 

Calling on his skills he's picked up after years of watching LifeFlight Critical Care Doctors Roger applied first aid to the man who appeared to have suffered severe injuries from the impact of the crash. 

“Every day we plot and plan and we train and we practise to keep people alive,” Roger explained. 

He worked on the man for more than half an hour before paramedics from the Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) arrived to take over.

“First aid is something, I believe, should be in the school curriculum because it quite literally can save a life."

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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