Mackay's rescue crew record busiest month with 45 tasks

MACKAY'S RACQ CQ Rescue was the busiest single-base helicopter rescue service in Queensland last month.

The rescue chopper completed 45 tasks in July, which was one of the biggest months for the community-funded helicopter in the last three years, RACQ CQ chief executive officer Martin Cleland said.

The Bell 412 helicopter and crew accumulated 84.58 hours which was the highest monthly engine hours tally in recent times.

Mr Cleland said when compared to other aeromedical organisations in the south-east of the state, this made RACQ CQ Rescue the busiest single operation base in Queensland.

"To put it into context Toowoomba clocked up 37 airlifts, while the Sunshine Coast crew airlifted 28 patients," he said.

Mr Cleland said the chopper was tasked to a variety of time-critical missions last month including five search and rescues as well as airlifting five patients from motor vehicle accidents, five respiratory patients, two snake bite victims, two workplace accidents, two strokes, two horse falls and two playground injuries.

Three patients were also transferred to Townsville Hospital for further treatment and, with the exception of seven patients, all those airlifted were residents of RACQ CQ Rescue's service area, he said.



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