Backpacker flown out of Gayndah after being bitten by snake

A FRENCH backpacker who was bitten by a snake in Gayndah was airlifted on Saturday afternoon by the RACQ CareFlight Rescue helicopter.

It was the Bundaberg-based rescue team's third mission of the day.

The CareFlight crew was called in about 1pm to fly the woman from Gayndah Hospital to Bundaberg Base Hospital for further treatment.

A CareFlight spokeswoman said it was unknown at that stage what type of snake it was.

So far this year, CareFlight has airlifted 15 patients suffering snake bites compared to five patients in the same time period last year.

She said after completing that mission, the CareFlight crew flew a man in his 50s with a cardiac condition from Monto Hospital to Bundaberg Hospital.

Earlier on Saturday morning, the same crew airlifted a woman in her 40s after she fell from a horse in Bororen, north of Miriamvale.

The spokeswoman said she suffered some injuries to her leg.

She said all three patients travelled in a stable condition.



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