In a marathon eight-hour mission, RACQ CQ Rescue airlifted a critically injured man to hospital on June 25, flying more than 1020km after a freak incident in St Lawrence.
The Mackay-based rescue helicopter was tasked at 5pm yesterday after a 38-year-old New South Wales man was found in a pool of blood with serious head, arm and internal injuries near railway lines in the small township, about 160km south of Mackay. It is unknown how he sustained the serious injuries or who actually located the man.
RACQ CQ Rescue, with a doctor and Critical Care Paramedic (CCP) on board, landed at the sports oval in the township about 5.45pm to meet a local ambulance crew who had retrieved the injured man who was in an altered state of consciousness. It took an hour for the helicopter’s trauma team to stabilise him for flight, eventually departing the St Lawrence oval at 7.10pm with the seriously injured man in a critical condition.
The helicopter was refuelled in Mackay and the aircrew swapped before the patient was flown another 400km north to Townsville hospital, arriving just before 10pm.
RACQ CQ Rescue then returned to base in Mackay about 1am.