Rescue Helicopter Winches Injured SES Recruit at Mt Britton

RACQ CQ Rescue has winched an injured SES volunteer and transferred to hospital after a fall at Mt Britton today.

An SES volunteer injured in a fall whilst on a search in dense bushland today has been winched to safety and transferred to hospital by RACQ CQ Rescue.


The 29-year-old man injured his leg at Mt Britton, about 80km west of Mackay, while on the last day of an extensive ground search by police and SES for a man believed missing for five days in the area.

Given the extent of his leg injury and level of pain, the dense ground cover and very mountainous terrain, the man was unable to walk or be carried to safety by his fellow SES members.

The Mackay-based rescue helicopter departed base about noon and landed at the Mt Britton campground, about 1km from the injured man. The campground carpark was used as a staging area which enabled the helicopter crew to offload some excess weight and gear. The doctor on board the helicopter and a Stryker stretcher were also left there to enable crews to reconfigure the aircraft for a winch.

The helicopter then took off and flew to the scene where the Critical Care Paramedic (CCP) onboard was winched down to the injured man to treat him and administer pain relief. An RACQ CQ Rescue crewman said SES crews in the area assisted in the winch operation by using chainsaws to cut down trees to create a clearing for the paramedic to go down the wire.

The rescue helicopter, with the injured man aboard, returned to the campground carpark to retrieve the doctor and stretcher and flew to Mackay Base Hospital with the patient in a stable condition arriving about 3 pm.

RACQ CQ Rescue had also been part of an extensive aerial search for the Finch Hatton man who has been missing since last Wednesday in the vicinity of Mt Britton.