RACQ LifeFlight Rescue winches bushwalker from Mt Coolum

The Sunshine Coast-based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue aeromedical team, has winched an elderly woman to safety, after she suffered heart problems, while climbing Mt Coolum this morning.

The RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter flew to the scene just after 10am and performed what the pilot described as a "textbook" winch operation.

"It was clear weather on the mountain today, we had plenty of safe space to work in, so conditions were perfect to safely perform a winch rescue.

"The doctor and paramedic were lowered down together to treat and asses the woman," said RACQ LifeFlight Rescue pilot David Smith.

The woman, who had been walking with family when she became ill, was described by the crew as a fit and experienced bushwalker, who had climbed mountain tracks in the past.

"She tried to rest and catch her breath before attempting to make her way back down the mountain," said RACQ LifeFlight Rescue paramedic Damien Storeywood, "but she just couldn't manage it."

Accompanied by the paramedic, she was winched into the helicopter and was in a stable condition when she was flown to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital.

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