Press Release -

Gas tank explosion victim airlifted by RACQ LifeFlight Rescue

A quick-thinking teenager deliberately drove his burning car into the ocean, then threw himself into the water, following a gas tank explosion inside his vehicle, overnight.

The Sunshine Coast-based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter was called to the scene in the Noosa region, around 8.45pm. (Fri 13th)

The young man had reportedly been driving on the beach with friends, when he stopped to investigate a hissing sound.

When he opened the back of the vehicle, a gas tank exploded.

He drove his car into the ocean to extinguish the flames, then lay in the water, to relieve the pain from his burns.

When the rescue chopper arrived, Queensland Fire and Emergency Service (QFES) officers were already at the scene and the patient was being treated by the Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS).

The emergency service personnel used their vehicles to light up the location, assisting the RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter pilot to find them and make a night time beach landing, made more challenging by the full moon high tide.

It was a team effort by QFES, QAS and RACQ LifeFlight crew members to stretcher the patient across the soft sand and transfer him into the helicopter.

He was flown to the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital in a stable condition, under the care of the LifeFlight Critical Care Doctor and QAS Flight Paramedic.