Sandpit Play Ends In Snake Bite For Clermont Mother

An afternoon play in the sandpit with her two toddlers ended abruptly for a Clermont mother today when she was bitten on the foot by a highly venomous snake.

On the second task today for the Mackay-based rescue helicopter, RACQ CQ Rescue flew 262 nautical miles (485km) to transfer a 25-year-old woman to the Mackay Base Hospital after she was bitten on the toe by a brown snake about 2 pm.


The woman, who lives on a property near Clermont, was walking to the sandpit with her 18-month-old toddler and a three-year-old child when she felt a severe sting on her foot and realised she had been bitten by a snake.

Although the patient reported the reptile was less than a metre long, a brown snake’s highly potent venom causes severe envenomation. Symptoms of brown snake bite include severe pain, nausea, dizziness and often breathing difficulties and stomach pain.

RACQ CQ Rescue landed at the Clermont Airfield about 3.10pm and transported the woman, who had been treated by ambulance officers, to hospital arriving about 4.45pm.

An RACQ CQ Rescue spokesperson said the summer heat was flushing out snakes across the region with numerous sightings in backyards and on rural properties on the increase. Of particular concern was the number of highly-venomous brown snakes on the move in the hottest part of the day in yards and gardens.

It was an incredibly busy day for the rescue helicopter crew which flew more 1100 kilometres to airlift three patients to the hospital. The first task today was airlifting a severely injured miner from Wirralie Gold Mine, near Mt Coolon, 250km west of Mackay, after a truck rollover.

At 8.30pm, RACQ CQ Rescue was flying to Daydream Island to transfer a patient with a cardiac condition to Mackay Base Hospital.