RACQ LifeFlight Rescue winches hiker from Mount Coolum

The Sunshine Coast-based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter was called to the popular mountain track, just after 11 o’clock this morning.

A LifeFlight Critical Care doctor and flight paramedic were first to the scene, which was close to the top of the mountain.

The type of terrain meant the pair was able to perform what is described as a standard “hover exit,” instead of being winched from the helicopter.

“We landed with one skid on the ground and the doctor and paramedic could just get straight on the mountain,” RACQ LifeFlight Rescue Aircrew Officer Justin Murphy said.

The helicopter was able to fly away, while the patient was being assessed, before returning a short time later.

“We then winched the doctor, paramedic and patient off the mountain,” Mr Murphy said.

The woman, aged in her forties, was airlifted to Sunshine Coast University Hospital in a stable condition.

It’s the second time a hiker has been winched from the mountain, suffering a cardiac condition, in the past two weeks.

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