Busy day for chopper

THE RACQ-CQ Rescue helicopter had a busy day when the crew was tasked to three jobs in quick succession on Tuesday.

The rescue helicopter was first tasked to Hamilton Island to retrieve a sick four-month-old baby boy at 9.45am.

On return to Mackay Base Hospital, the crew was tasked to a job 50 kilometres to the north of Mackay.

A 54-year-old woman was on a walking track at Ball Bay on her way to a fishing spot when she heard her ankle “snap”.

Due to the location of the injured woman, QAS Intensive Care Paramedic Dan Basham was winched from the helicopter to assist and retrieve the woman who was believed to have sustained a fractured ankle.

The rescue crew then returned to Mackay when they were again immediately tasked out.

This time to a property 350 kilometres south-west of Mackay and due west of Moranbah for a 26-year-old woman suffering from obstetric complications.

The crew flew directly to the property and then refuelled the helicopter at Moranbah before they brought the woman back to Mackay for treatment.


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