Bushwalker winched to safety after 10 metre fall

The Sunshine Coast-based rescue chopper was called to Table Top Mountain, near Toowoomba, this afternoon (Sunday) following reports a man had fallen approximately ten metres, while hiking with friends

The RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter was initially able to land on the top of the mountain.

The aeromedical crew then walked about 100 metres down the track to assess the patient, who’s aged in his twenties.

Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) paramedics has already begun treating the man for a possible fractured ankle, as well as cuts and abrasions.

It was decided the patient wouldn’t be able to be carried down the mountain, so once he was secured in a stretcher, the helicopter flew overhead and winched him and LifeFlight’s Critical Care doctor, into the chopper.

The flight paramedic was then winched up separately.

The patient was flown to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in a stable condition for further treatment.

Yesterday the Toowoomba-based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter has winched a woman from a walking track, in the Gold Coast hinterland on Saturday afternoon.

The chopper was called to the area, near Springbrook, just after midday.  

It’s believed the woman, aged in her thirties, slipped and injured her leg while hiking alone.

She was airlifted to Gold Coast University Hospital in a stable condition.