RACQ Rescue Helicopters ready for Rockhampton floods

The Rockhampton-based RACQ Capricorn Rescue Helicopter Service said it was at the ready to help residents needing medical assistance throughout the flood crisis.

The fleet had doubled its capacity in preparation for the event and had set up a dedicated temporary base at the Rockhampton Heritage Village for two helicopters and two crews to respond to emergency tasks.

“We’re ready and waiting,” RACQ Capricorn Rescue spokesperson Kirsty Wooler said.

“In addition to providing our current aeromedical and ‘search and rescue’ services, we’re also on standby to respond to disaster related incidents and retrievals, we can assist other emergency service agencies if requested and will be providing an air transfer service between Rockhampton and Gladstone for patients needing to be airlifted to Brisbane.”

The service had already been called to assist a teenager, injured at his Theodore property. The 15 year old suffered a fractured ankle following a motorcycle crash. He was airlifted from the property which had been isolated by floodwaters for two days.