Press Release -
RACQ Lifeflight races rising tide to help two more stinger victims
The Bundaberg-based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue aeromedical team performed a challenging beach mission, to airlift another two patients, stung by Irukandji jellyfish at Fraser Island this evening (Sat 5th).
The pair was swimming with a family group around 5pm, near where their boat was moored, just south of the mouth of Wathumba Creek on the western side of the island, when they were both stung by the venomous marine creatures.
The RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter landed high up on the beach, due to the incoming tide.
"It was certainly a challenging landing, taking into account the tide coming up, the extremely soft sand and the significant slope at that point of the beach," said RACQ LifeFlight Rescue pilot Tony Miller.
The patients, a male in his teens and a female relative aged in her late forties, were treated on the beach by Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) flight paramedic Matt Steer, until the rising tide forced them to move.
Both patients were carried along the beach on stretchers, to the waiting helicopter, where the flight paramedic continued treating them.
They were both in a stable condition when they were airlifted to Hervey Bay Hospital for further medical treatment.
The pair was approximately 500 metres south of the location where a swimmer in his twenties was stung yesterday (Fri 4th), just hours after another male beach-goer suffered an Irukandji sting while swimming on the other side of the island.
Both those patients were also airlifted to hospital by Bundaberg's RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter.