The rescue service flew a total of 33 missions with 15 primary missions where it provided critical care response for ill or injured patients. Last year the rescue service flew a total of 12 missions and six primary missions.
Almost 10 years after he was rescued by CareFlight after falling off a quad bike and breaking his back, CareFlight’s Josh Ball returned to Black Duck Valley Moto Park (south of Gatton) as the rescuer.
The CareFlight nurse attended a serious accident on Good Friday at the same place where he was injured. The patient was a 60 year old rider who crashed his motorbike and sustained multiple injuries.
“It has been almost 10 years since I was rescued from the infamous Black Duck Valley,” he said.
“On Friday, it was a great feeling to be able to return the favour to a fellow rider as part of the CareFlight crew.
“Ever since the day when they rescued me, I have wanted to give back to the community and what better way.”
Other missions over the Easter holiday period included the near drowning of a young girl near the town of 1770 north of Bundaberg, multiple motorcycling incidents, accidents involving animals and an injured water skier.
Mount Isa’s RACQ CareFlight Rescue helicopter was called to Yelvertoft Station twice in less than 24 hours to attend two patients injured in separate accidents involving animals.
The increased number of missions indicates the growing demand for the charity rescue service across Queensland and the vital role in plays in providing medical care and transport for sick and injured patients.