Airlift Of Rider Caps Massive Week For Rescue Helicopter

A teenager was seriously injured and airlifted to Mackay Base Hospital after a motorbike accident on a property west of Proserpine late yesterday.

His transfer to Mackay Base Hospital last night marked the 12th task for RACQ CQ Rescue since Monday capping an incredibly busy week for the service with tasks costing more than $171,000.


The 16-year-old boy was believed to be riding a dirt bike which slammed into another rider at high speed about 6 pm near Gregory River, about 148km north of Mackay. The teen sustained serious leg, shoulder, arm and chest injuries and was believed to have lost consciousness after the accident.

RACQ CQ Rescue was tasked to the scene of the accident about 7.30pm but was diverted to the Proserpine hospital en route. The rescue helicopter, with a Critical Care Paramedic (CCP) aboard, arrived at the hospital helipad at 8.15pm and departed just after 9 pm with the injured boy aboard to transfer him to Mackay Base Hospital for further treatment and testing.

It was the second flight to Proserpine for the Mackay-based helicopter yesterday and 12th task completed since Monday across the length and breadth of the region, RACQ CQ Rescue Communications Officer Naomi Noy said.

In just six days the community-funded rescue helicopter had completed about 24 flying hours on 12 tasks, the combined cost amounting to more than $171,000, she said.

On Thursday, while RACQ CQ Rescue was in Townsville transferring a patient from Bowen, the rescue helicopter was tasked to retrieve a patient from Palm Island, 70km north and airlift them back to Townsville.

On Tuesday, the rescue helicopter flew to Clermont twice and Dysart once and had also flown to the Whitsundays on three occasions this week.