September News Spotlight

Gabrielle Holmes

With a region as large as ours, a fast response is paramount to delivering our lifesaving service to the communities of Central Queensland.

A single Saturday in August had our CapRescue chopper respond to three areas in four missions across our vast region in an effort to provide critical care to those who needed it most.

Rescue300 launched into the weekend after receiving an early morning call out to the Woorabinda Shire, tasked with the mission to airlift a 15 year old male suffering from serious injuries to Rockhampton for urgent treatment.

Later that morning our crew landed at a homestead on a cattle property approximately 210 kilometres southwest of Rockhampton, in the Banana Shire region to transport a man in his 60’s suffering with complications caused by an ongoing medical condition. He was airlifted in a stable condition.

Heading back to the Banana Shire at around 4pm RACQ CapRescue airlifted a 13 year old boy who had fallen off his motorbike whilst in race at an event in Coorada. He was treated at the scene for suspected spinal injuries and remained in a stable condition.

This mammoth weekend that was came to an end with one final rescue with Rescue300 landing on the beach at Five Rocks at around 9:30pm on Saturday night with a Queensland Ambulance Service Critical Care Paramedic and Flight Doctor on board. Providing lifesaving first aid to a 19-year-old male who, it is believed, had been standing in the back of a 4WD ute when it rolled, severely impacting the young man.

Upon landing, the medical and aircrew set off on foot tracking towards the sand dunes and the location of the single vehicle rollover. After the car was winched off the crushed man, our team treated him for suspected multiple fractures and considerable internal injuries. Lifting off from the Livingstone Shire coastline, RACQ CapRescue flew the critical man to Rockhampton for further treatment.

As you can see a big region really does need a fast response!