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LifeFlight airlifts man after car flips over

The Mount Isa RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter has airlifted a patient from Cloncurry Hospital last night after a two vehicle accident approximately 60km east of Cloncurry.

A hatch-back car and a 4-wheel-drive towing a boat collided on the Flinders Highway at about 8.30pm, causing the smaller vehicle and the boat to flip over.

The 23-year-old male occupant of the car suffered a compound fracture to his lower leg and ankle and was transported by road ambulance to Cloncurry Hospital where he was met by the Mount Isa RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter and then transported to Julia Creek Airport.

The LifeFlight Mount Isa team worked closely with the Townsville Royal Flying Doctor’s Service who met the RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter at the Julia Creek Airport at 2.30am this morning to transport the patient to Townsville.

It’s believed the two occupants of the 4-wheel-drive suffered injuries including cuts, bruises and suspected back injuries and were transported by the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

This joint mission by RACQ LifeFlight Rescue and the RFDS highlights the capability of both services to work together efficiently to ensure the best possible outcomes for patients in rural Queensland.

Last week, LifeFlight welcomed the announcement by Glencore North Queensland of a new two-year $300,000 Corporate Partnership for its North West Queensland base which will help the Not For Profit organisation continue its lifesaving work.

The partnership funding, under the Glencore Community Program North Queensland, will be directed to the operational cost of the Mount Isa-based RACQ LifeFlight rescue helicopter, which provides a 24-hour seven-days-a-week rapid response air-medical service.

Glencore has been a long-time supporter of helicopter rescue services in the North West, funding the Mount Isa-based helicopter since 2012 with the total sponsorship from 2012-2017 now totalling $1 million.

The Glencore sponsorship follows the announcement on Wednesday by Emergency Services Minister Mark Ryan that the Palaszczuk Government will continue to support the LifeFlight Mount Isa helicopter with a further $800,000.

The Mount Isa-based LifeFlight crew has flown 37 missions since taking over the service on July 1, 2015, which includes a range of critical care airlifts including patient injuries resulting from horse falls, snake bites, motor vehicle accidents, cardiac conditions and serious abdominal injuries.