A fourth soldier has been taken to Rockhampton Hospital after another incident at Shoalwater Bay overnight. He was transported by RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service.
A fourth soldier has been taken to Rockhampton Hospital after another incident at Shoalwater Bay overnight. He was transported by RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service. RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue

Soldier to return to duties today after branch fell on him

2.50pm: THE soldier transported by the RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service last night is expected to return to duties today.

A 25-year-old man was transported to Rockhampton Hospital last night after a branch fell on him while traveling in a light armoured vehicle at Shoalwater Bay.

A Defence spokesman said the soldier was transported by air ambulance to a local hospital in a satisfactory condition.

"The member was cleared of any serious injuries and has been released from hospital," the spokesman said.

"He has returned to the exercise and is expected to resume full duties later today."

The Australian Army can confirm that the soldier was injured when he was struck by a falling branch during a routine training exercise.

This incident is not related to the incident on 18 March 2014 in which three Army members were injured.

9.50am: A FOURTH soldier has been injured at Shoalwater Bay military exercise area in two nights.

The RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service was last night called to the site, the second night in a row, to retrieve an injured soldier.

On Tuesday night, three soldiers were injured during training involving the firing of an illumination round from an Army M777A2 Howitzer.

The RACQ helicopter transported two men, aged 23 and 31, with trauma to legs and arms, to the Rockhampton Hospital.

A third was taken by road ambulance.

Last night, the helicopter left base at 9.54pm to retrieve a 25-year-old male soldier with suspected spinal injuries following another training accident.

The Australian Army soldier was traveling in a light armoured vehicle at speed when his head connected with a low lying tree branch.

The patient was in a stable condition during the 27-minute flight to Rockhampton Base Hospital, arriving just before midnight.

The Bulletin is seeking comment from the Defence Force about the latest incident.



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