Stockman Airlifted to Hospital After Being Crushed by a Horse

A stockman suffered possible spinal and internal injuries on March 11 when he was crushed by his horse while mustering cattle on a remote property near Coppabella.

 The 53-year-old man, who is actually from Ilbilbie, was helping muster cattle on his brother’s property adjacent to a mine site about 150km south-west of Mackay when the horse he was riding tripped in a hole in the long grass and rolled on him.

RACQ CQ Rescue was tasked about 3.30pm and flew direct to the scene in 40 minutes to find the man still lying in the paddock about 1.5 hours after he was injured. As a precaution due to the fact he sustained possible spinal injuries, his brother and those he was working with decided not to move him from where he was crushed.

RACQ CQ Rescue landed in long grass in the middle of the paddock, close to the scene and the doctor and Critical Care Paramedic on board were able to administer pain relief and first aid immediately. Within an hour, he was loaded into the helicopter and transferred to Mackay Base Hospital in a stable condition, arriving at 6pm.

The injured man told the helicopter crew he was helping his brother on his property and was only five minutes from finishing mustering for the day when the accident happened.