RACQ CQ Rescue has flown five missions and more than 1700km across the region since Friday to airlift the ill and injured to hospital.
On Friday, the Mackay-based rescue helicopter flew to the scene of a motor vehicle accident on the Peak Downs Highway, at Strathfield, about 110km south-west of Mackay, after a man suffered a head injury when his car ran off the road and down an embankment about 1.30pm.
The 30-year-old Emerald man had been travelling with his partner and young children when the car left the road. The woman and two children were uninjured, but the driver was airlifted to Mackay Base Hospital in a stable condition for further tests and observation.
At 10.30pm on Friday, RACQ CQ Rescue was tasked to airlift a seriously ill 52-year-old man from Proserpine to Townsville hospital. The helicopter crew did not return to base until 5am on Saturday, the entire critical mission taking seven hours with the helicopter flying more than 660km.
At 8.15am on Saturday morning, the rescue helicopter flew another 370 kilometres to transfer a Dysart patient to Mackay Base Hospital with an abdominal issue. Later that afternoon, CQ Rescue was tasked to fly to a cattle property south-west of Clairview to airlift a 63-year-old woman who had taken ill. The helicopter landed on the property near the homestead before sunset with a doctor and Critical Care Paramedic on board and flew the woman, who was in severe pain, to Mackay Base Hospital.
At 2.15am today, CQ Rescue was tasked to retrieve a seriously ill man from a maxi yacht which was bound for Hayman Island. The boat arrived at the island within 90 minutes of the 000 call and the ill man was stabilised and loaded into the helicopter for flight to Mackay Base Hospital.
The Hayman Island mission was the 32nd task for the region’s rescue helicopter in just two weeks since the service clocked up its 9000th milestone mission on October 20.