10 patients airlifted in one day

RACQ LifeFlight Rescue crews were among those called to 11 aeromedical missions across Queensland yesterday, where 10 patients were rescued.

The Bundaberg based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue chopper airlifted a 33 year old woman to hospital after she was involved in a serious motor vehicle crash on the Bruce Highway. She was later transported to Brisbane for further treatment.

The crew was then tasked to a patient on Fraser Island who was suffering a cardiac condition, at the same time as the Sunshine Coast RACQ LifeFlight Rescue chopper answered a similar call for help.

A motorbike rider, a person who fell from a ladder and a man who had fallen off a horse were among other patients rescued.

LifeFlight Chief Operating Officer Brian Guthrie said school holidays could be to blame for the higher call-out numbers.

“Obviously once the weather starts to warm up, more people are travelling on the roads and generally are out and about and are more active,” Mr Guthrie said.

“But 10 patients in one day is a busier-than-usual day for aeromedical retrievals for LifeFlight, even for the holiday period.”

RACQ’s Lauren Ritchie said the Club was proud to support the life-saving work LifeFlight performed.

“We’ve sponsored the RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopters for more than 20 years now,” Ms Ritchie said.

“It’s a relationship our members value highly and one we know we’ll continue with for years to come.”