Busiest year for helicopter rescues

RACQ CQ Rescue was on track to break a record of more than 700 missions this year, having recorded its busiest year yet.

RACQ CQ Rescue CEO Ian Rowan said Mackay-based rescue helicopter service had already clocked up 660 missions, 13 in the last week alone. 

“From our base here in Mackay we cover an area four times the size of Tasmania with one primary and one back up helicopter,” he said.

“We are a small but very dedicated team and delivering some very big results. We have already saved a record number of lives in the last year, whether it be via hospital transfers, attending motor vehicle or workplace accidents or search and rescue missions.”

RACQ spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said with many people heading away over the holiday period, it was a timely reminder to take extra care on the road to ensure helicopter crews had a quiet Christmas.

“The RACQ CQ Rescue team do an amazing job, but we don’t want you to meet them this festive period because of a crash,” Ms Ritchie said.

“Before you hit the road, plan your trip carefully. Make sure you get enough sleep, have a break every two hours, buckle up, put away distractions like phones, and don’t be tempted to speed or get behind the wheel if you’re over the legal limit.”