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Man airlifted after falling 12 metres from a tree

A man is recovering in a Brisbane hospital, after he was seriously injured when he fell from a tree yesterday morning.

The RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter was called to the Gladstone region just after 11am.

The contract worker was reportedly suspended in the air, using a chainsaw to trim tree branches around power lines, when his harness became damaged and broke.

He plummeted 12 metres to the ground, injuring his back, stomach and legs.

The chopper was able to land at a nearby property.

The residents then used an all-terrain vehicle to transport the RACQ LifeFlight Rescue crew to the injured man.

He was stabilised by the critical care flight paramedic.

Due to the rugged location of the incident, it was decided it would be safest to winch him from the scene.

The man, aged in his forties, was in a serious condition, when he was flown more than four hundred kilometres, to the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital.

2018 was a record year for LifeFlight for lifesaving missions with its aeromedical crews, community helicopters and Air Ambulance jets performing a record 5,724 missions throughout Queensland and around the world.

LifeFlight is a community-based charity funded and supported by the LifeFlight Foundation.

To support the LifeFlight Foundation visit:
www.lifeflightfoundation.org.au