Training, Horse Fall And Fire Search Keep Rescue Crew Busy

It’s been another busy day for RACQ CQ Rescue airlifting an injured horseman from a property south-east of Nebo and assisting police search the mouth of the Pioneer River during a grass fire.


After early morning hi-line vessel training at the harbour, the Mackay-based rescue helicopter was tasked about 10.30am to retrieve a 53-year-old man who had fallen from a horse while mustering cattle on a remote property between Moranbah and Nebo.

The initial 000 call was made by a mustering helicopter pilot as there was no reception on the ground where the incident occurred. He was able to relay latitude and longitude co-ordinates over the phone.

RACQ CQ Rescue, with a doctor and Critical Care Paramedic on board, landed in a clearing close to the scene about 30 minutes later to treat and transfer the man who had suffered a serious break of his humerus, the long bone between the shoulder and elbow, as well as hip injuries.

He was flown to Mackay Base Hospital in a stable condition arriving about 1.15pm.

While still on the helipad at the hospital, Queensland Police requested the rescue helicopter’s assistance with an aerial search of the sand dunes and beach area near East Point after a grass fire had broken out.

Although the fire was under control, police had become bogged in the dunes so RACQ CQ Rescue crew assisted firefighters search the river mouth for about 25 minutes to ensure no one was trapped by the fire.

The helicopter was landed momentarily in the sand dunes after one vehicle and two beachgoers, who were unaware of the fire despite the thick smoke, were spotted by the crew from the air.  They were quickly informed of the fire and asked to evacuate the area.

RACQ CQ Rescue then returned to base at 2pm.