Miners airlifted after horrific explosion

Three RACQ LifeFlight Rescue Air Ambulance Jets and the crew from RACQ CQ Rescue worked together to rescue five mine workers after an underground mine explosion at Moranbah yesterday afternoon.

The Courier Mail reported four of the men were in a critical condition and one was in a serious condition at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital after suffering horrific burns to their upper torso and airways.

RACQ spokesperson Paul Turner said three of the patients were flown by three RACQ LifeFlight Rescue Air Ambulance Jets from the Anglo American Grosvenor mine in a complex medical evacuation. 

“Two of the jets were tasked from Townsville and one from Brisbane to take these critically ill patients to Brisbane to receive the care they need,” Mr Turner said.

“RACQ CQ Rescue was returning from a previous job in Townsville when they were diverted to Moranbah and were the first rescue crew in town.

“The Doctor, Critical Care Paramedic and rescue crewman on board were taken to the Moranbah Hospital after landing on the town’s oval to help treat the five miners before they were taken to Brisbane.”

Mr Turner thanked the crew of doctors and the wider team for the work they did each day to save lives and protect Queenslanders.

“RACQ and LifeFlight have been partners for 26 years and this year our sponsorship extended to include the RACQ LifeFlight Air Ambulance Jets,” he said.

“They have already proved what a valuable asset they are to the RACQ LifeFlight fleet.

“We hope that they are never needed, but it should be of great reassurance to Queenslanders that help is never far away.”