Missing hikers rescued by RACQ LifeFlight Rescue crew

Four teenagers have been winched to safety by the Sunshine Coast RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter, after spending nearly 24 hours stranded near Kondalilla Falls.

The teens, all from the Sunshine Coast area, were swimming at Baroon Pocket Dam around 11am yesterday, when they were washed away by fast-flowing water.

RACQ LifeFlight Rescue Air Crew Officer, Rick Harvey, said they ended up hundreds of metres downstream, in a spot where they were unable to walk out. 

"The area around the boys was too steep, so they decided to stay put and bunker down for the night," he said.

Family members reportedly went looking for the group last night and located their shoes near the Baroon Pocket Dam wall around 6 o'clock this morning.

"Queensland Police Service (QPS) officers called in the RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter to help look from above, after they found the shoes," Mr Harvey said.

"Within five minutes of searching we found all four boys, about 600 metres downstream, waving furiously at the chopper."

RACQ LifeFlight Rescue's Flight Paramedic was winched down to assess the group, before one boy was winched back up to the chopper and flown to waiting emergency services and family members at Narrows Road.

It was decided the remaining teenagers could be winched more safely, from a nearby area with less tree cover.

The RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter winched two more to safety and returned for the fourth boy a short time later. 

"Thankfully, all the boys were okay," Mr Harvey said.

"They had a very cold night but huddled together to keep warm and were lucky enough to come out uninjured, just very hungry!" 

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.

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