Injured boy hikes to help
A YOUNG Boyne Valley boy has walked almost a kilometre to seek medical attention after seriously injuring himself in a dirt bike accident.
Suffering a serious fracture to his upper left radius and ulna, 10-year-old Gus Isaac walked almost a kilometre back to his neighbour's house after falling from his dirt bike on Tuesday.
Although riding in a group, the boy is believed to have been on his own riding on the neighbour's property when the accident occurred.
Requiring urgent medical attention, the RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue was sent to retrieve the boy from a Boyne Valley property about 8 o'clock Tuesday night.
The boy and his mother were flown by rescue helicopter to Rockhampton where he was transported to Rockhampton Hospital for further treatment. The callout was RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue's first official Night Vision Goggle (NVG) equipped night landing since taking receipt of the specialised equipment recently.
An RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue spokesperson said the NVG system used for this task represented a massive capability boost for the service.
“This is a substantial increase in our ability to respond to the emergency needs of the communities we support,” the spokesperson said.
“With the aid of the NVGs last night we were able to land at the property where the patient was located despite the surrounding wire, trees, ground obstacles, dust and sloped landing site.
“What this means is that the helicopter rescue can now deliver the greatest on-scene medical attention possible.”