Airlift Of Injured Rider Caps Huge Week For Mackay Rescuers

RACQ CQ Rescue has flown an incredible 3000km to transport seven patients to hospital in just five days.

For the second time this week, RACQ CQ Rescue last night flew an eight-hour marathon mission and more than 900km to transfer a seriously injured teenage motorcyclist from a remote property to hospital.

The Mackay-based rescue helicopter was tasked about 7.30pm to airlift a rider who had suffered serious injuries in an accident on a cattle property about 183km north-west of Clermont.

It is believed the 17-year-old rider was performing a wheel stand when he hit a log on the property and was thrown violently from the bike.

As the property was so far away, located in the Pentland district about 150km from Aramac, the rescue helicopter had to refuel in Clermont before arriving on scene and landing in a grassy clearing just before 10.30pm.

It took the flying trauma team, with a doctor and Critical Care Paramedic on board, about 40 minutes to stabilise the patient who had suffered serious shoulder and hip injuries including fractures and prepare him for the long flight to hospital.

The helicopter departed the property with the teenager and his mother on board about 11.15pm and, after flying 180km south-east to refuel the aircraft in Clermont again, Rescue 412 arrived at Mackay Base Hospital about 1.45am with the patient in a stable condition. RACQ CQ Rescue then returned to base in Mackay just after 2am.

The task capped an incredibly long and very busy week for the Mackay rescue service which  has flown more than 3000km since Tuesday including an eight-hour, 1000km mission to transport a critically injured man from St Lawrence to the Townsville on Tuesday night as well as transferring a patient from Rockhampton hospital to Mackay on Friday evening.

RACQ CQ Rescue has also flown patients from Dysart, Clermont and Proserpine and earlier yesterday, transported a woman to Mackay Base Hospital who had suffered suspected spinal injuries in an AFL match at Moranbah.