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Rescue crews work water winch skills

The Bundaberg-based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter crew have undergone a rigorous training session off the coast of Burnett Heads to refine their water winch skills. 

Testing a series of rescue techniques the sky high display doubles as a training drill to ensure every crew member is ready to rescue at a moment’s notice.

LifeFlight pilot, Peter Marris, said the mock ocean rescues give the crew the chance to practise one of the most challenging scenarios they face.

"We could find ourselves working together on anything from assisting a recreational boat crew through to search and rescue operations off shore or in flood waters," Peter said. 

The crew worked alongside the Bundaberg-based Volunteer Marine Rescue. 

"It’s not a question of if, but when we will put this training into practice," Peter said.

In 2017 the Bundaberg crew were tasked with 24 search and rescue missions, that's more than double the amount of any other LifeFlight base in Queensland. 

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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