Baby born in chopper

A BABY was born in an RACQ-CQ rescue helicopter on the way back from Hamilton Island on Saturday morning. The baby arrived 14 weeks early.

It is believed the 28-year-old mother from Wollongong was married on the island the day before.

Flight paramedic Mel Bernas delivered the baby 14 minutes before landing at Mackay airport.

An RACQ-CQ spokesman said the baby and mother were in good spirits and transported to Mackay base hospital.

The pair were later transferred to Townsville hospital but Queensland Health said the baby was in a stable condition.

Each year the RACQ-CQ Rescue service conducts about 430 missions ranging from hospital transfers and accidents to search and rescue tasks.

The service has been operating for more than 14 years and has just embarked on its annual fund-raising campaign.

The service is hoping to raise as much as possible towards the $4.9 million in operational costs needed to run the service this year.

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