RACQ LifeFlight Rescue urges beacon safety this summer
RACQ LifeFlight Rescue is urging Queenslanders to take care of their emergency beacons, as incorrect disposals and activations have led to several false callouts for the rescue service.
Earlier this evening, the Mount Isa-based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter was tasked by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), following a beacon activation in the Mount Isa township.
RACQ LifeFlight Rescue performed a search operation to hone in on and locate the beacon, flying for over one hour. The beacon was eventually pinpointed to a building in the middle of town.
RACQ LifeFlight Rescue crews returned by road, where they found the falsely activated beacon sitting out the front of a local sports building.
It serves as a timely reminder for Queenslanders to brush up on the correct storage, activation and disposal methods for emergency beacons, to help limit the number of incorrect emergency service callouts over the busy summer period.
Visit beacons.amsa.gov.au for more information.
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.
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